This year, nine light illustrations return Creek Show to the creek


Nine temporary light installations will illuminate this year’s Creek Show Nov. 11-20.

And this year, the free event returns to its traditional route right along Waller Creek from 9th Street to 12th Street. Last year the event was staged within Waterloo Park with installations distant from the creek itself.

Creek Show will open be nightly 6 to 10 p.m. November 11-20. Waterloo Park will host nightly live music, food and beverages, and family-friendly activities.

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“Inventories” by the Lawrence Group pays homage to Joseph Jones, late UT Professor and champion of Waller Creek, who would spend his lunch hour walking the creek where it passed through campus, keeping an “inventory” of things seen and found. The design team will use hundreds of used plastic bottles directly from the creek and from other local sources, coating the inside with luminescent paint, and arranging them geometrically just above the surface of the water.

A free reservation is required to attend Creek Show. Ticket reservations will open this fall.

“Austinites will be dazzled by this year’s awe-inspiring Creek Show installations,” said AIA Austin Executive Director and Creek Show Artistic Director Ingrid Spencer. “Each piece tells a different story, connecting viewers to Waller Creek and the transformative, restorative potential of Waterloo Greenway.”

Creek Show organizers commission site-specific work by Austin-based architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers, which have been chosen through a public call for ideas hosted in collaboration with AIA Austin. Artists are invited to explore different themes related to Waterloo Greenway that range from history to hydrology and beyond.

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“Dream Pants” by Jodi Bade/ Maura Schaffer recalls a humorous surreal dream of pants frolicking about.
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“Portal Potty” by Kristen Gunn and Laura Salmo will hollow out porta potties to create a tunnel of disco lights and whimsy.

See schematic images of all the Creek Show installations at


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