an arching neon portal has been constructed over a creek bed in austin texas as part of the third year of the waller creek conservancy’s ‘creek show’ event. the creek show engages the public with an underserved waterway in the city that flows directly beneath the famed sixth street district and through a series of temporary light installations…
…at nearly 30 feet tall and around 1,5000 pounds, the arch was not allowed to interact with or affect the creek bed itself. the team designed steel struts that spanned the creek just below the water surface and could be bolted into the creek sidewalls. thin steel guy wires assist with stabilizing the arch against wind and other lateral loads, and the inner diameter glows with a variety of consistent and rich colors generated by special LEDs.
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