Waller Creek Conservancy Announces Creek Show 2017 Programming and Artists

Six Austin-Based Design Teams Light Up the Night November 10-18

Waller Creek Conservancy announces the return of Creek Show taking place November 10-18, 2017 from 6pm-10pm. Free and open to the public, explore six luminescent, site-specific art installations along Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets, all created by local talent.

Celebrate Austin Art Month Friday, November 10, with the public opening of the show including a live DJ on the creek. Participate in hands-on, family-friendly activities every night at the Sabine Tree Deck between 6pm and 8pm. The

Photography courtesy of © David Brendan Hall, www.davidhallphotog.com.

Photography courtesy of © David Brendan Hall, www.davidhallphotog.com.

Thinkery will be on-site Fridays and Saturdays. Visit the Creek Show Lounge (700 E. 6th St.) for an immersive Waller Creek experience including interactive entertainment, Creek Show photo booth, Waterloo Park model, and more. Don’t forget to pick up your Creek Show wristband for food and drink specials from participating businesses in the Red River Cultural District.

Tuesday, November 14, meet the design teams at the Creek Show Artist Talk from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Palm Door on Sabine, moderated by arts critic Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin.  The event is free but RSVP is required!

Thursday, November 16, 6pm-9pm, join Generation Waller for Monster Bash from 6pm-9pm at The Gatsby. There will be a silent auction to support WCC and a raffle with lots of great prizes!

Saturday, November 18, 3:30pm-5:30pm, bike around town with an art-centric tour that starts at Laguna Gloria, passes by the Waller Delta and wraps up at Creek Show.

Saturday, November 18, 6pm-9pm, don’t miss the 2017 Closing Party at Cheer Up Charlies featuring Rattletree!

For more details and links to all of these exciting programs, visit creekshow.com or the Creek Show 2017 Facebook event.

Gather friends and family to explore Waller Creek as it’s never been seen before.

CREEK SHOW 2017 INSTALLATIONS AND DESIGN TEAMS: “No Lifeguard on Duty” by Asakura Robinson, “Night Garden” by dwg., “Blind Spot” by Two+ Collaborative, “fotan FABLE” by HA Architecture, “Ephemeral Suspension” by PATHOS + TouchTo“Submerge” by Davey McEathron Architecture + Studio Lumina + Drophouse.

Follow Waller Creek Conservancy on Facebook or Instagram: @WallerCreekConservancy; Twitter @austinWCC #CreekShow


Waller Creek Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to create and maintain a chain of extraordinary urban parks around a restored Waller Creek, in partnership with the City of Austin, for the benefit of all. The Conservancy renews the natural environment, promotes play, health and wellness, economic vitality, and mobility, and engages the community through outreach, education, cultural events, and the arts. For more information, visit wallercreek.org.

Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin Announce the Launch of a New Collaboration with the Installation of a Large-Scale Public Sculpture

Created using repurposed materials, Hurlyburly (2016) by Orly Genger will be unveiled to the public at the mouth of Waller Creek, adjacent to the Waller Creek Boathouse (74 Trinity) on March 5, 2016.

Set to change the landscape of public art in Austin, Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin announced on Tuesday a new partnership that will serve as a catalyst for creating new public art initiatives. The first exhibition will feature a new, large-scale interactive art installation by internationally renowned artist Orly Genger, near the mouth of Waller Creek.

“This is an exciting time for the community as we collaborate with The Contemporary Austin to bring artists such as Orly Genger to engage and shape a vibrant public art space for Austinites,” said Peter Mullan, Waller Creek Conservancy CEO. “As we begin the transformation of Waller Creek, we have a unique opportunity to integrate a significant public art program into its future, bringing art and landscape together in the heart of Austin to create unique and uplifting experiences for the public.”

The installation of Orly Genger’s Hurlyburly is the first realization of a new and ongoing partnership for public art initiatives between Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin. Future installations will include works by significant local and national artists, including Austin-based artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, whose interactive sculpture Missing Truffaut (2014) will be installed first at The Contemporary Austin’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria and, in the future, along Waller Creek.

“At The Contemporary Austin, we are so thrilled to watch as our ‘museum without walls’ philosophy begins to take shape,” said Louis Grachos, Ernest and Sarah Butler Executive Director of The Contemporary Austin. “Living among original works of art of this caliber has a positive effect on individuals and on a citizenry as a whole. Thanks to the visionary support of the boards of directors of both The Contemporary and Waller Creek Conservancy, Austinites and visitors will have the chance to develop relationships with incredibly important works such as Hurlyburly by Orly Genger. I expect this and future collaborative installations will become beloved parts of the city’s fabric.”

Genger’s first work in Austin, Current (2014), was installed in the amphitheater at The Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria in 2014. This previous work, an elegant, serpentine-like sculpture painted in gray that cascaded down from the hill and out onto a platform at the edge of the lagoon, invited the public to interact with and move around it. Genger’s new work Hurlyburly (2016) likewise will respond to and evoke the nuances of its context, inviting the public into its midst and bringing renewed attention to the environment around Waller Creek.

The installation of Orly Genger’s Hurlyburly is made possible through the generous support of Michael and Jeanne Klein and Suzanne Deal Booth. Hurlyburly is located on City of Austin parkland and the Conservancy would like to thank the City for its continued partnership.

“Great cities do big things, and Orly Genger’s sculpture at the mouth of Waller Creek is big in all senses of the word,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “I am proud to be Mayor of a city where we can have a public-art installation like Hurlyburly. This feeds our soul as a community, and I hope it will spur further work along Waller Creek.”

Hurlyburly will open to the public on March 5 during Austin Parks Foundation’s annual It’s My Park Day, and will be unveiled to the press during an Opening Preview on March 2, at 2 pm, during which the two organizations will make an additional, major announcement.

The Waller Creek Conservancy Announces Third Annual Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic

Now this seems like a cool Saturday!

The Waller Creek Conservancy is proud to announce the third annual Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic at Palm Park (711 East 3rd Street) on Saturday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Families from all over Austin are invited to come spread their blankets, sit with their neighbors, listen to music, and enjoy a wonderful night on the banks of Waller Creek.

Chefs from some of Austin’s most beloved restaurants will be preparing picnic basket dinners-for-two, ranging in price from $30 to $150, which are on sale now at WallerCreekPicnic.org. Among the options are special offerings from Austin eateries including SwayLa CondesaHome Slice PizzaLucy’s Fried Chicken, and St. Philip. Unique drink pairings will be included in baskets from Jeffrey’sJustine’s Brasserie, Elizabeth Street CaféLa VUchi/Uchiko, and Weather Up. Texas barbecue baskets will be available from Franklin BBQ and The Salt LickGardner and Lenoir will provide vegetarian picnic basket options, and a children’s picnic basket will be available from Patricia’s Table. There will also be a limited number of baskets from Easy Tiger available for walk-ups. Picnickers are also welcome to bring their own spread from home. All of the baskets serve 2 people and will be available for pick-up between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on April 18.

Like last year, the picnic is expected to sell out, so baskets should be ordered soon. Lord Highpockets and Tim Murphy, who spin exclusively 7-inch vinyl records, will provide music for the Pop-Up Picnic.  Beer will be available for purchase on-site.

The community-wide event will raise funds and awareness for the Waller Creek Conservancy, a local nonprofit dedicated to the preservation, redevelopment, and maintenance of the city’s own Waller Creek.

“The Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic is a preview experience of what a transformed Waller Creek will become—a place, welcome to all, where Austin’s neighbors come together to engage and enjoy its parks and natural resources,” said Waller Creek CEO Peter Mullan. “I want to thank all our generous sponsors and most of all our dedicated volunteers, for making this event possible.”

Waller Creek Pop-Up Picnic proudly enjoys community support from the following sponsors: Austin Beerworks, Big Red Sun, Cypress Real Estate Advisors, Frost Bank, Nestle, Preacher, Ryan Companies, Silicon Labs, Transmission Events, Tribeza, and Urbanspace. Co-chairs of this year’s event are Julie Blakeslee, Lauren Smith Ford, Elaine Garza, Caroline Huddleston Haley, and Lauren Moorman.

For further information on the upcoming event, please visit WallerCreekPicnic.org. For additional information on Waller Creek happenings, visit WallerCreek.org, email info@wallercreek.org, or call (512) 541-3520.