Hundreds showed up Thursday night for the opening of ‘Creek Show,’ the public art happening, presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy, that brings five temporary illuminated installations to often-overlooked stretch of the downtown creek.

From 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Nov. 19, the three blocks of sunken creekside walkways between Fifth and Eighth streets are transformed by the creations of  Austin architects, artists, landscape architects and designers.

There are slew of events along with ‘Creek Show,’ many of which are specifically family friendly. Check the schedule at

All photographs are by Stephen Spillman/for American-Statesman.

Alisa West and Travis Cook decided to celebrate the flood-control diversion pipes that run the length of Waller Creek with a helix that mimics their shape.



Kory Bieg used 200 pieces of satin-finished aluminum to create the undulating sculpture he title “The Zipper.”


Jules Buck Jones’ 40-foot mosasaur sculpture replicates a skeleton of the extinct marine predator that once swam the shallow sea that covered the North American continent.


Architects Tim Derrington and Wilson Hanks made 50-foot-diameter arch with flexible, linear LED lighting and is poised near near Easy Tiger Bake Shop and Beer Garden, which has a large creekside patio,