photo by Robert Banat
Tom Fruin’s Watertower is a new sculpture installed on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. As part of his series Icon, the first to be placed in the US, Fruin utilized plexiglass and steel to create a sculptural piece atop a water tower platform on the Brooklyn waterfront, essentially making his piece a new part of the Brooklyn skyline.
Fruin’s Icon series take salvaged and recycled materials to create sculptural tributes to iconic symbols of architecture. Regarding Watertower, from Fruin’s website:
“Illuminated 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 Brooklyn…”
Of note to Brooklynites and to visitors to Brooklyn, Fruin also created the ‘HOTEL’ letters seen on the facade of the new Wythe Hotel. If you haven’t seen them in person, they are quite a sight. Check them out on his site here.