Waller Creek Magic

Watch Waller Creek light show magically transform downtown Austin


Waller Creek Show 2016 The Creek Zipper by Kory Bieg
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Waller Creek Show 2016 The Creek Zipper by Kory Bieg
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Waller Creek Show 2016 Nimbus Cloud by Animalis
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Waller Creek Show 2016 Nimbus Cloud by Animalis
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Waller Creek Show 2016 Deep Curiosity by East Side Collective and Drophouse Design
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Waller Creek Show 2016 Deep Curiosity by East Side Collective and Drophouse Design
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Waller Creek Show 2016 mosasaur Invisible and Absolute by Jules Buck Jones
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Waller Creek Show 2016 Phantom Diversion by West Shop and Cook Shop
Photo by Daniel Cavazos
Waller Creek Show 2016 Phantom Diversion by West Shop and Cook Shop
Photo by Daniel Cavazos

The third annual Waller Creek Creek Show is currently underway in downtown Austin. The free light show, which launched November 10 and runs through November 19, features five mesmerizing installations from local architects, landscape architects, and artists. The idea? To transform the creek between Fifth and Eighth streets, celebrating its natural beauty and looking to its future.

Peruse our gallery of the magical transformation, and then catch the show, open nightly from 6-10 pm.  

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The Creek Zipper, OTA+
Zipper-like strands extend the length of the creek between Sixth and Seventh streets. 

The Creek Zipper, OTA+
The free-flowing strands occasionally join one another to form larger strands; they ebb and flow much like the water level itself. 

Nimbus Cloud, Animalis
This installation resembles a rain cloud and serves as a reflection of the vitality of Waller Creek and the nature that surrounds it. 

Nimbus Cloud, Animalis
Vibrant colors light up Waller Creek.

Deep Curiosity, East Side Collective + Drophouse Design
Deep Curiosity offers an alternative to the void currently found at Fifth and Sixth streets along Waller Creek: a view of the enlivened, complete Waller Creek experience of the future. 

Deep Curiosity, East Side Collective + Drophouse Design
A partially submerged, larger-than-life circular form finds its delicate balance in the murky water.

Invisible and Absolute, Jules Buck Jones
The sculpture of an extinct sea lizard called a mosasaur was commissioned specifically for Waller Creek Conservancy's 2016 Creek Show. Mosasaurs swam through the shallow sea that covered Central Texas 100-65 million years ago. 

Phantom Diversion, West Shop and Cook Shop
This design seeks to bring attention to a series of exposed, above-grade diversion pipes on Waller Creek and to reveal their mundane beauty through a series of glowing circular elements. 

Phantom Diversion, West Shop and Cook Shop
The design illuminates Waller Creek, leading the way to the next installation.

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