Waller Creek, November 9 – 17
by Neal Baker
Photograph by Leonid Furmansky
Something is stirring in the waters of downtown Austin. Don’t worry, though — it’s not what you think. Every night from November 9 through 17, the Waller Creek Conservancy will be presenting the fifth annual Creek Show, an event along the leg of Waller Creek that runs between 9th and 11th streets. From 6 to 10 p.m. all week, visitors will be met with large-scale illuminated art installations designed by locals in a unique dialogue between the waterway and the modern artistic landscape of Austin.
Past iterations of the event have featured a fluorescent pool club, a glowing dinosaur skeleton, and neon hillsides setting the creek alight. This year you can expect to find live music, a Tuesday artist talk, and the Creek Show Lounge at Symphony Square on the north end of the show. And to top it all off, everything is free and open to the public — though there will be vendors at a food-truck court that will make it worth spending a few bucks.
The Waller Creek Conservancy is dedicated to building community around this downtown landmark, and the show offers an opportunity to experience it in a new way. But even with all the whimsy and wonder, the mission remains the same. Going forward, the conservancy aims to develop park space all along the creek, creating a greater experience of outdoor space amid the urban environment.