First Look at Creek Show 2023 — Austin’s Annual Community Celebration of Illuminating Art
Waterloo Greenway reveals the Austin-based artists, architects, and designers contributing to this year's Creek Show
Each November we look forward to an evening stroll along downtown Austin’s Waller Creek to join the community in viewing light-based art installations curated by Waterloo Greenway at their Creek Show event. Always an awe-inspiring experience featuring a dazzling array of works, Creek Show showcases locally-made illuminated art that is creatively displayed by the water’s edge from 9th Street to Waterloo Park.
Creek Show Offers an Exciting Opportunity for Austin-based Artists
In collaboration with AIA Austin, Waterloo Greenway annually commissions site-specific work by Austin-based artists, architects, designers, and landscape architects. Each year, artists explore different themes related to Waller Creek that range from history to hydrology and beyond. A committee comprised of artists, local leaders, and Creek Show enthusiasts gather to evaluate the art submissions. They choose works based on their concept and individual merit, evaluated to create a comprehensive exhibition.
Creek Show 2023 Installations Announced
This year, the community can look forward to seeing six works of art on view at Creek Show. The event will run nightly from November 10-18. AIA Austin Executive Director and Creek Show Artistic Director Ingrid Spencer notes, “This year’s show is an exciting artistic representation of Waller Creek ecology, history, and culture. You will want to come see these six installations for yourself this November. They bring together amazing sights, sounds, and an immersive experience for the whole family.”
The following installations and artist teams were selected for 2023:
BABBLE by Lucas Greco & Reeve Hunter
Artist Statement: BABBLE is a light-hearted contemplation of our changing perceptions of Waller Creek. Together, the sights and sounds of the installation call visitors to break from the bustle of busy lives and experience anew and up close the burbling waterways pulsing calmly through our city. Three types of corrugated roofing panels, sharing a common form but contrasting in color and character, come together to form illuminated heads of extraordinary size from ordinary construction materials. Speakers are installed among the faces producing muttering sounds of voices and babbling fading in and out while contrasting tones and melodies intermingle in unique ways depending on the viewer’s vantage point.
THE CREEK KEEPER by Jake Rosenberg, Clayton Lillard, Mateo Gutierrez, Chris Haddad & Chandler Goen
Artist Statement: Once upon a time, THE CREEK KEEPER emerged from the depths of Waller Creek to protect its folklore and remind us of the vital connection between environment and culture. A towering snapping turtle-like monster made from recycled materials, the installation invites us to explore the creek’s unique identity and inspires us to take action in preserving our natural world. Join us on a journey of discovery and conservation, as we honor the stories of the past and light up the future of our planet.
CRESCENDO by Alex Martin & Max Hoffman
Artist Statement: CRESCENDO represents the heartbeat of Austin and the Red River District — music. The installation at Symphony Square is an array of re-purposed sheet music stands with color changing panels of light. Stop by for a song or two to enjoy an orchestrated light show!
INTO THE WILD by Nolan Stone & Ryan Blair
Artist Statement: In a rapidly urbanizing world, our few remaining wild places exist in the form of urban creeks and greenbelts. INTO THE WILD is a plea for wilder cities that highlights the life that still exists within. The flora and fauna that reside in these spaces have existed here long before humans and the resilient remainders were required to adapt to human development. Once the daylight wanes and the moonlight illuminates the water, the creek comes alive reminding us of what once was and what could be.
MELTING MIRRORS by Topher Sipes & Jasna Boudard
Artist Statement: MELTING MIRRORS is a multi-layered video installation, featuring digitally manipulated slow-motion video of the flow and movement of the water surface of Waller Creek. The installation features multiple parallel screens of translucent fabric as staggered surfaces for the video content, allowing the projected light to pass through each layer to the next and simulating slices of a holographic cone for viewers as they pass by. This 3-dimensional experience facilitates viewing depth above and beneath the creek’s surface through the interplay of water with light.
RIOT by Maria Berrios & JuanRaymon Rubio
Artist Statement: RIOT is a memorial installation that showcases the Battle of Waller Creek and offers a reflection on the destruction of Austin’s natural landscape. The design gives viewers insight into the history of the protest and also considers the aftermath of a notable political and environmental fight.
Live Music, Food & More Activities at Creek Show 2023
As in recent years, Creek Show also includes many free activities each night at Waterloo Park. You can look forward to live music, hands-on experiences for kids, and food and beverage offerings. Save the date for Creek Show — November 10-18, running from 6-10 p.m. each night, free of charge.