No Lifeguard on Duty is sited at a unique location on WallerCreek where an aging weir allows the creek’s water to pooland where steps along the creek’s edge invite visitors to diptheir feet in the cool water. The installation is a response tothe site and the broader culture of Austin’s swimming holeculture and long history with neon-based art. Waller Creek isnot Barton Springs, nor any of the other treasured naturally-fed swimming holes in the region. And it never will be. WallerCreek is an urban waterway that has its own complex identity,a composite place influenced by both downtown and thelarger watershed. No Lifeguard on Duty proposes a pool clubfor a waterway that will never have one. Here you can relax bythe pool serenaded by the lights and sounds of the Red Rivercultural district. You can mingle with other pool-goers, or youcan party till the sun comes up. But just remember, there’s nolifeguard on duty.
Eric Leshinsky (lead)
Welcome to Night Garden. Night Gardens are spaces fordreaming. We think that Austin has been dreaming of theWaller Creek Transformation (whether we know it or not).An inhabitable reverie, Night Garden’s surreal atmosphereaims to shift perceptions of the creek towards wonderand excitement for its future. Immerse yourself in 80,000fluorescent survey flags, “planted” at creek’s edge, and listento the sounds of a thriving urban ecology.
Daniel Woodroffe (lead)
Biking around the city, a cyclist must constantly assume she isinvisible, hidden in the driver’s blind spot. Similarly, Austinitespass over Waller Creek on a daily basis without noticing it.Our installation exposes these conditions by inviting peopleto interact with an assemblage of steel mirrors strategicallylocated in the creek bed. Projected videos taken while bikingaround Austin add another layer of visual information andhelp visitors to imagine a different reality for Waller Creek.As visitors walk through the mirrors, they become a partof the art installation, adding their own reflections to thereflections of those around them. Through this immersive,shared experience, we hope to initiate a dialogue about theimportance of investing in the urban, people-oriented spacesof Austin.
Elizabeth Farrell (co-lead)
Clare van Montfrans, Assoc. AIA (co-lead)
Adam Tablemaker (collaborator)
Mies Van Der Rohe “FORM FOLLOWS FICTION…”
HA Architecturephoton (fōtän) : a particle representing a quantum of light or otherelectromagnetic radiation. A photon carries energy proportional to theradiation frequency but has zero rest mass.fable : a story, typically a supernatural one incorporating elements ofmyth and legend.
Viewers are encouraged to both observe and read fōtän FABLE both asan object and as an original work of fiction. The viewer can read thestory as well as feel transported to a rendered Architectural reality ofatmospheric light. Opting to work collaboratively with Manuel Gonzalesan award-winning author on a piece of original fiction linked to the formenhances the overall intervention. fōtän FABLE allows viewers to bothhave a surface reading of the illuminated steel folie as well as discover adeeper sense of the spirit of this place through the text presented.
Jamie Crawley, AIA (lead)
Brad McCorkle, Assoc AIA
Ryan Campbell, Assoc AIA
Manuel Gonzales, Author
E.P. (Bill) Hamilton III, P.E.
Ricardo Maga-Rojas, Assoc AIA
Sarabi Studio (collaborator)
LEAP Structures (collaborator)
Hossley Lighting (collaborator)
Light and shadow, moist and dry, below and above; these area few of the many dispositions of Waller Creek. The creek is acritical vein through the fabric of Austin, connecting people,places, and wildlife, presenting itself not only as a naturalconnector, but a social hub as well. With revitalized amenities,landscape, and waterscapes, Waller Creek provides a seriesof rich experiences connected to the life and culture of thecity. The vitality of the promenade along the creek side can beextended further, down into the lower creek level, renderinga new datum of experience in the city. The character of thecreek is that of a civic nexus of urban energies, bringing peopletogether around a restored environment. Bringing nutrientsfrom upstream, the creek plays an important role in a largeecosystem of plants and animals. The atmosphere createdby the processes of evaporation, rainfall, flow contribute tothe microclimate in the vicinity of the creek. It is from thesenatural processes, that Ephemeral Suspension takes itsinspiration, intangible processes caught in midair.
Brandon Cuffy (co-lead)
Francisca Aroso (co-lead)
Submerge takes the viewer from the path along the creek andplaces them underwater, where droplets of rain interrupt thedelicate plane that separates the aquatic from the terrestrial.It presents an optimism, a vision of a vibrant creek teemingwith life and color. Looking up at the delicate rings ripplingabove, one is suddenly part of the creek, an organism andinhabitant of this fragile ecosystem. Through its ripples,Submerge forces self-reflection and mutual concern for thespace we inhabit. The rings of light create a moment thatenvisions a future where Waller Creek becomes an areaof exploration and respite; a site of symbiosis between itshistoric waters and those who walk among them.
Davey McEathron, AIA (lead)
Eric Dethamphaivan, Assoc. AIA
Hunter Tipps, Assoc. AIA