In New Light
Sneak a peek at the 6 immersive, nocturnal artworks lighting up Austin's 2023 Creek Show
With captivating new artwork and lively programming, this year's Creek Show will allow Austinites to experience the city in a whole new light. The banks of Waller Creek will soon be aglow with illuminated art installations as part of Waterloo Greenway's annual event, featuring six new light-based art pieces created by local artists and designers.
From November 10-18, the free nightly showcase will extend from 9th Street to Waterloo Park, inviting the community to experience eye-catching artwork created specifically for the creekside setting. And a new round of mockups preview the abstract, immersive concepts.
The Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Waller Creek, commissions new pieces each year through a collaboration with AIA Austin. According to AIA Austin Executive Director Ingrid Spencer, this year's installations will provide "an exciting artistic representation of Waller Creek ecology, history, and culture." This year's installations blend imaginative artistry with the splendor of the natural world.
One installation called Crescendo, created by Alex Martin and Max Hoffman, comprises an arrangement of repurposed sheet music stands with color-changing lights representing the pulse of Austin's vibrant music scene. The choreographed light display at Symphony Square pays tribute to the Red River District, the heart of the city's live music community, which the creek runs through.
Glowing brightly against the night sky, the another installation, Into the Wild, spotlights the enduring wildlife found in Austin's creeks and green spaces. Created by artists Nolan Stone and Ryan Blair, the illuminated artwork casts shimmering reflections onto the water after dark. This evokes images of Austin's natural heritage and dreams of restoring the land's ecology.
Topher Sipes and Jasna Boudard's video installation Melting Mirrors features digitally manipulated slow-motion footage of Waller Creek. The multi-layered screens create a 3D effect, allowing viewers to see above and below the water's surface.
Other installations include a large, fishy tent lounge; an abstract walk through images of protest and activism; and some glowing new cave-dwellers under the bridge that are larger than life.
Since 2014, Creek Show has established itself as a local tradition. Each year, Waterloo Greenway commissions new site-specific installations by Austin-based artists, architects, and designers. The artists' installations illuminate diverse aspects of Waller Creek, from the creek's natural environment and heritage to its role in Austin's cultural fabric and everyday community life.
In addition to the light art, Creek Show offers free programming at Waterloo Park each evening. There will be live music performances, food and beverages, and family-friendly activities nightly during the event.
With imaginative light-art and lively programming, this year's Creek Show promises to be an illuminating experience for all. Visitors are invited to see Waller Creek in a new light for free, and without reservations or tickets. More information can be found at waterloogreenway.org.