BEHIND THE SCENES: Creek Monster Habitat

Friday, April 23, 2021
University of Texas students are giving the Austin community a chance to connect with urban nature via an experiential public art installation now open through May 9. The Creek Monster Habitat is located on the southwest corner of 24th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard, across the street from UT’s pollinator garden and community orchard.

The Creek Monster— the kind “spirit guardian” of Waller Creek—was first envisioned two years ago by Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, an organization similarly dedicated to educating the Austin community about Waller Creek and conservation. The Texas Performing Arts team has prioritized the use of sustainable materials in the construction of the 2021 installation. Creek Monster Habitat features reclaimed wood from campus trees, cuttings from invasive species, and living plants. The intent is to bring interest and life to the area, creating an inviting space that generates curiosity for passing pedestrians and displays the creek as its active living ecosystem. 

Check out the video to watch behind the scenes of the installation of the Creek Monster Habitat and learn more about it.

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