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Creating a Monster (Habitat)

Creating a Monster (Habitat)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

By Hayley Naples '20

Step into a whimsical world of play as you enter into the Creek Monster’s Habitat!

Texas Applied Arts students have been hard at work this semester designing and constructing a monster habitat for Waterloo Greenway Conservancy’s Creekshow.

The 2019 Annual Creek Show will showcase interactive light-based art installations to be featured along Waller Creek through downtown Austin.

Lighting Designer Bill Rios and Scenic Designer Delena Bradley, test the UV effect on our Creek Monster Habitat ground cloth.  Photo by Karen Maness

Waterloo Greenway’s goal is to draw attention to how to properly care for our green spaces. Austin residents  live in a city that is on the edge of nature, but needs collective work to conserve it. Waterloo Greenway hopes to build parks that connect from Waterloo to Lady Bird Lake to encourage citizens to interact with our beautiful, diverse environment. Additionally, organizers hope to bring awareness to the importance of Waller Creek. 

With the support of the UT Green Fund Grant and the expertise of Texas Performing Arts staff and College of Fine Arts faculty, students are designing and creating their own immersive installation to be featured at the event. The Texas Applied Arts Special Projects class has been supported by industry professionals from Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf, New York Public Theatre and Perdue University, both in person and remotely through SLACK, to complete their work on the Habitat in 10 short weeks for the November 7 opening. 

Students work on Creek Monster installation. Photo by Karen Maness.

Students from a variety of academic programs including Engineering, Arts and Entertainment Technology, Radio Television & Film, Architecture, as well as Theatre & Dance, are using their diverse skill sets in order to bring this project to life. 

Creek Monster Habitat concept rendering by Delena Bradley

They are also problem solving alongside local professionals from organizations such as dwg landscape architects, sculptor Chris Levak, and UT Landscaping as they take their prototype to complete design. 

Through The Creek Monster Habitat project, students apply lessons from their interdisciplinary classes to a real-world installation with active deadlines for an Austin-based client. This incredible team of students, professional staff, and facilities staff from Texas Performing Arts brought this creature to life.  

Support our students and join the 50,000 annual attendees at this free event!

The Creek Monster Habitat at Waller Creek 

Free and Open to the Public  | Thu, Nov 7 through Sun, Nov 17 | Read more details

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