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© courtesy of Tom Fruin
© courtesy of Tom Fruin
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Tom Fruin's Watertower
One man's trash is another man's treasure

Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin has overhauled an urban icon: the water tower, a long-overlooked yet pervasive element of the famed NYC skyline. Perched atop a building in Dumbo, and overlooking the Manhattan bridge, Fruin has reimagined the water tower with the help of one thousand scraps of colourful plexiglas sourced from all over NYC. What this water tower may lack in water, it gains in aesthetic beauty. The colourful visage illuminated by the sun during the day, hop on down at nightfall (Brooklyn Bridge Park boasts superb views) to catch it in even more splendour when the Ryan Hobstopple-curated light show gets going. Sadly, unlike all those other water towers you always ignored (but probably won’t now), this has a finite life span – catch it before June 2013 when it’s dismantled for good.

Tom Fruin's Watertower
  • 20 Jay Street
  • NY11201 New York

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