Tom Fruin's WATERTOWER
live cam video of lights
Location: DUMBO, Brooklyn USA
Situated on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street the sculpture is viewable from the parks and streets of Dumbo, the Brooklyn and
Manhattan Bridges, FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan. The prime viewing locations are the Brooklyn Bridge Park at Washington Street(see map), and the Manhattan Bridge bike path.
Tom Fruin Studio is pleased to present Watertower,
a new sculptural artwork by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. For the US
premiere of his internationally recognized Icon series, Fruin has
created a monumental water tower sculpture in colorful salvaged
plexiglas and steel. Watertower is mounted high upon a water tower platform becoming part of the DUMBO, Brooklyn skyline.
project is the fourth work in the plexiglas and steel patchwork Icon
series which features scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials
constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the
world. The series began in Copenhagen with Kolonihavehus in 2010, and can be seen as a three-dimensional evolution of
Fruin’s found drug-bag quilts and flags for which he is well known.
Fruin, who often works with reclaimed and discarded materials, has composed Watertower
from roughly one thousand scraps of plexiglas. It includes such details
as interior and exterior access ladders and an operable roof hatch. The
locally-sourced plexi came from all over New York City—from the floors
of Chinatown sign shops, to the closed DUMBO studio of artist Dennis
Oppenheim, to Astoria’s demolition salvage warehouse Build It Green!NYC.
by the sun during the day and by Ardunio-controlled light sequences
designed by Ryan Holsopple at night, this beacon of light is a tribute
to the iconic New York water tower and a symbol of the vibrancy of
opened June 7th, with daily light shows beginning at dusk and continuing
Fruin (b. 1974) works in Brooklyn, NY. His work is a part of many
international museums and collections, most notably The Hanck Collection
at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany; the Richard J. Massey
Foundation for Arts and Sciences in New York, NY; and the Buenos Aires
Design Center (Centro Metropolitano de Diseño) in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. Fruin’s most recent contribution to public art in New York
City is the 50 foot tall neon sculpture HOTEL on the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
public sculpture is supported in part through a Brooklyn Arts Council
Community Arts Grant, a Build It Green materials grant, and The Richard
J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences. Additional technical support
provided by Nick Liberis at Platform4 Collaborative Design; J. D. Messick; and Two Trees
found plexiglas, steel, bolts
20 x 10 x 10 feet
For additional press information please contact Becky@tomfruin.com.
Photos by Robert Banat.