“Creek Show” to illuminate Waller Creek again with light installations

Last November, “Creek Show” filled the lower end of Waller Creek with stunning installations of light art, a program of the Waller Creek Conservancy.

"Creek Show" in 2014. Photo by Jeanne Claire van RyzinAfter more than 5,000 people showed up for the walkable one-night event, organizers decided to extend the illuminating show of inventive site-specific art spectacles for a few more evenings.

Now the conservancy is staging another iteration of “Creek Show” this November as well — and it’s running for nine consecutive nights.

From dusk to 11 p.m. every Nov. 12-21 five new light-based installations will fill the Waller Creek  between Eighth Street and Fifth Street. All the installations are at creek level and can be viewed from the creekside walkway.

Opening night — Thursday, Nov. 12 — there will be several happenings including live DJ music at the creek.

This year there’s a new roster of artists, architects and filmmakers creating luminous site-specific installations.

Filmmaker Luke Savisky will stage a large-scale projection under and through the E. Seventh St. bridge over Waller Creek and passersby will interact with a live camera feed that will project and distort their image.

Specht Harpman Architects’ “Volume” will be a 100-foot-long illuminated waterfall along a creekside limestone wall, the water pulsing between a delicate benign trickle of droplets and a surging cascade.

Rendering of "Volume" a 100-foot illuminated waterfall by Sprecht Harpman Architects.
Rendering of “Volume” a 100-foot illuminated waterfall by Specht Harpman Architects.

Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, architect Clay Odom and Clark Richardson Architects have also been commissioned to create installations.

Check the Creek Show for more details: www.creekshow.com

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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