The Creek Show in Austin, Texas
The Waller Creek in Austin, Texas, is a 2.4 km waterway that used to flow trough the downtown practically invisible to the residents, moreover, with years, the creek faced pollution and periodic flooding. To turn the Waller Creek into an important downtown’s feature and the integral part of the city, the Waller Creek Conservancy launched the Creek Show in 2014, which is an annual program where a group of local architects, designers, and artists create temporary installations along the waterway.
The second edition of the Creek Show that took place from November 12-21, 2015, included five light-based installations each using light to create interactive experiences. One of the artists, Luke Savisky, created a project to vitalize a pedestrian underpass by setting up a system that allows passersby to interact with a camera, then distorting and projecting the images onto the vault of the underpass. Other projects included installations based on dynamic ecology, pollution, etc. Specht Harpman Architects created the installation called Volume, based on the fact that the creek draws the attention of the public only when the water level rises, and it becomes a flooding hazard. Architects created an installation where a gentle flow of water continuously falls from an 80-foot steel channel suspended above the creek. Lighting rakes the limestone wall behind and highlights the individual droplets falling in against it.