If you’ve been to Brooklyn, you’ve seen this iconic “stained glass” water tower next to the BQE and another inside Brooklyn Bridge Park – you can’t miss them: the sculptures’ vibrant panes reflect and color the city around them, especially at night when they light up from within.
Two more of these incredible pieces, which are by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin, are now at the Seaport to honor the 10th anniversary of the artist’s famous Brooklyn landmark “Watertower” which is visible from Pier 17.
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The two sculptures are part of an exhibition that will run until September called “From the Sea to the Shining Sea”. The first sculpture, “Kolonihavehus” is the original piece that launched Fruin’s “Icon” series of large-scale plexiglass and steel sculptures. It was inspired by Copenhagen’s “kolonihavehus”, which is a modest garden shed found around the city’s urban gardens. It was made with salvaged and discarded materials, specifically with 1,000 individually framed pieces of plexiglass that Fruin welded by hand into a delicate steel quilt. He’s traveled the world in exhibits for about 12 years, so he now has “a patina of world travel and harsh urban environments,” The Seaport said.
The other piece “Hi 5 Taxi Cab” uses actual NYC signs, such as an advertisement for an old taxi depot and repair garage. It was inspired by the Statue of Liberty, who, with her hand raised, appears to be hailing a New York cab, “the ultimate modern symbol of liberty,” according to the Seaport.
According BklynerFruin’s “Maxikiosco” kolonihavehus was installed in Empire stores at DUMBO in 2019 to help showcase the new Free time in the New York market and activate the adjacent courtyard. Fruin’s “Billboards” are also on permanent display at the Jackson Hotel in Long Island City and “Sail” was installed at the Syosett MTA station on Long Island in 2019. That same year, Fruin installed both a castle of water and a kolonihavehus at Hudson Yards. .
You can see both sculptures at The Seaport until September.
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