In just two years, the Waller Creek Conservancy’s “Creek Show” happening of stunning illuminated installations along the downtown creek has become one the more popular arts events in the city.
The free event is back and the Conservancy has just announced the dates of the 2016 “Creek Show.”
Every night from Nov. 10 to 19 the public can enjoy site-specific light-filled installations along Waller Creek between E. Fifth St and E. Eighth St.
Five Austin-based creative teams will create installations: Animalis (Dharmesh Patel and Autumn Ewalt), East Side Collective, artist Jules Buck Jones, OTA+ (architect Kory Bieg) and West Shop | Cook Shop (Alisa West and Travis Cook)
“Creek Show” started in 2014 as a one night happening. But after thousands turned out, organizers quickly went to a multi-night format. And last year’s event drew thousands too.
It’s a charming event too — wandering the artistically illuminated creekside at night with throngs of the creatively curious proves invariably charming, a magical moment of urbanity Austin doesn’t often manifest.
The Conservancy — a non-profit partner helping the city shape the transformation of the 1.5 miles of creekside — started “Creek Show” as way to kickstart the public’s interest in the little-used public areas along Waller. The Conservancy plans to transform the urban riparian zone into an interconnected series of art-filled parks, trails, playscapes and bridges.
Since that first “Creek Show” the Conservancy’s efforts to bring site-specific public art to Waller Creek have proved diluvial.
Earlier this year, the Conservancy and the Contemporary Austin formed a partnership to commission large-scale public art projects for the 1.5-mile stretch of downtown creekside.
And the in March, the Marcus Foundation of Dallas donated $1.1 million to support the partnership with Orly Genger’s installation “Hurlyburly” now on a stretch of public park adjacent to the Waller Creek Boathouse.