the mcnay art museum
October 11, 2019
s k y f o r t
October 9, 2019

night garden

austin, texas


dwg. was selected through an open competition to exhibit Night Garden at the fourth annual Creekshow event, alongside five other installations.

Night Gardens are spaces for dreaming. We think that Austin has been dreaming of the transformation of Waller Creek, whether we know it or not. An inhabitable reverie, Night Garden’s surreal atmosphere aims to shift perceptions of the creek towards wonder and excitement for its future. Viewers become immersed in 80,000 fluorescent survey flags “planted” at creek’s edge and are surrounded by the sounds of thriving urban ecology.

Presented by the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, Creek Show spans nine nights and includes six light-based, site-specific art installations on Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets. The community is invited to walk along Waller Creek to view the works of art designed to bring attention to the future revitalization and transformation of Waller Creek into a series of urban parks.

Following Creekshow, the flags will be collected and donated to our friends at Treefolks — reinforcing our belief in minimizing waste. Our goal is to coordinate with Treefolks to see 80,000 flags turn into 80,000 new trees in our urban forest and along Austin’s waterways.

“Creek Show has been an utterly unique and special opportunity. We have been firm believers of the transformative power of Waller Creek for years but when we submitted our design for Creek Show, we underestimated that the immersive experience of participating would ultimately retool our understanding of the power of site specific public art installations, and of our own potential as a design group. Creek Show has reinforced our passion and commitment to Waller Creek and also to the wicked challenge of preserving and enhancing Austins vitality and authenticity. We sincerely look forward to seeing how the event evolves over time.” - Daniel Woodroffe

Night Garden was the recipient of a 2018 Texas ASLA Honor Award, as well as a 2018 World Landscape Architecture Merit Award.

Photos courtesy Leonid Furmansky.


  • Client: Waterloo Greenway Conservancy