If you’ve been around Dumbo lately you may have noticed the newest addition to the Brooklyn skyline, the colorful Watertower sculpture by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. Made out of salvaged steel and plexiglass, Watertower is a part of Fruin’s Icon series, the fourth project made in the steel and plexiglass patchwork design. Sculptures from this series are composed of only reclaimed, found, and recycled materials. The Icon series is a tribute to architectural icons around the globe (his other projects include sculptures of the obelisco of Buenos Aires, and the kolonihavehuse native to Copenhagen).
Watertower was created out of approximately one thousand scraps of plexiglass found throughout New York City. It is lit by natural sunlight during the day and each night there is a light show until dawn.
Watertower sits on the roof of 20 Jay Street in Dumbo, and the striking sculpture can be seen from the parks and streets of Dumbo, both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, the FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan on the east side.
For more on Tom Fruin and his Icon series visit http://www.tomfruin.com/watertower.html