The Waller Creek Creekshow hosts a 10 day installation in the Waller Creek in Austin Texas to bring public awareness to this abandoned treasure. Clark Richardson Architects was invited to design and install a piece. We chose to create a piece that inspired a sense of mystery that could light up social media and motivate people to come and see this hidden gem!
Project Description: A hidden network of inlets, storm drains, and ultimately the Waller Creek tunnel project are unnatural controls creating a city-wide water displacement grid. This concealed system seeks to control the natural processes of torrential rainstorms allowing for our habitation of this flood-prone area. Flowing water can be graceful and seductive but it can also be grotesque and terrifying. Perspective defines how we see this relationship and as we alter the built landscape this perspective changes. The Natural Unnatural aims to make visible this tenuous relationship between the natural chaos of water in an impervious urban environment during a large rain event, and the structured unnatural order of the man-made devices attempting to contain and direct it. The scale of the Waller Creek tunnel project is staggering and largely invisible. Once complete, this underground tunnel system will carry 3.7 million gallons of water a minute, displacing rain in a flood event from the surrounding 28 acres of land in Central Austin. This displacement project will allow for Austin to engage this central creek in ways not previously possible. The Natural Unnatural highlights the flabbergasting scale, making the invisible understandable and bringing the chaos to light.