The Contemporary Austin and the Waller Creek Conservancy present Orly Genger: Hurlyburly, 2016, the first project of a new collaboration to bring significant, large-scale public art projects to the Waller Creek parks.
New York City–based artist and designer Orly Genger creates organic forms and site-specific installations from painted swaths of woven rope, crocheting, weaving, and knotting heavy twine over the course of many months to create a single, often massive, work. Hurlyburly, installed at the mouth of Waller Creek, comes from a series of such works, created using repurposed lobster rope. In this case, much of the material has been repurposed once again, as Hurlyburly was produced using the same expanses of rope that had previously been woven and knotted for the installation Current, 2014, at The Contemporary Austin’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.
Giving these recycled materials new life, Hurlyburly is a massive outdoor piece of painted and hand-knotted rope that stretches across an area directly adjacent to the mouth of Waller Creek. Recalling the languid flow of the creek, the undulating, woven structure invites visitors to interact with each other, with the work, and with the surrounding parkland.
On view at 74 Trinity Street, near the Boathouse at the Waller Creek Delta.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website