Born in L.A. and now based in New York, artist Tom Fruin created a recent installation that adds a little sparkle to the already dazzling Brooklyn skyline. His monumental sculpture, Watertower, is built out of salvaged plexiglass and steel, and is mounted high upon a water tower platform located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The mosaic design consists of about 1,000 scraps of plexiglass that were retrieved from all over New York City, ranging from old sign shops to closed-down artist studios and various warehouses.
His website explains, "This 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, from the obelisco of Buenos Aires, to the kolonihavehuse of Copenhagen." The Watertower design is filled with vibrant colors that glitter with sunlight during the day and, starting on June 7, will glow with daily light shows that begin at dusk and will feature Arduino-controlled internal light sequences designed by Ryan Holsopple.
You can view this stunning public installation from Lower Manhattan, FDR Drive, and the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. Pretty!
Tom Fruin’s website
Photo credit: Robert Banat