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BBP Welcomes Tom Fruin’s Watertower 3, R.V. Ingersoll


Brooklyn Bridge Park, in partnership with Tom Fruin Studio, is pleased to present Watertower 3: R.V. Ingersoll, a new solar-powered sculpture by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. Watertower 3 will light up the sky starting tonight, and be on view on the roof of 334 Furman Street, near Pier 5, for one year. Watertower 3 is the sixth work in Fruin’s Plexiglas and steel ICON series which features scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world. The series began in Copenhagen with Kolonihavehus in 2010, which is now on display at Empire Fulton Ferry in the Park. Watertower (2012), the first water tower of the series, graces the Brooklyn skyline at 20 Jay Street, in DUMBO.

Fruin has composed Watertower 3 from roughly one thousand scraps of acrylic from Evonik Industries, producer of Acrylite acrylic sheets. Additional transparent acrylic scrap materials were sourced from Chinatown sign shops. Illuminated by the sun during the day and by Lumi•Solair solar-powered light systems at night, this beacon of light is a tribute to the iconic New York water tower. Continuing the use of reclaimed materials, this piece uses renewable energy from solar panels to power the LED illumination.

“Brooklyn Bridge Park is the perfect combination of sky and sea, nature and dense urban environment,” said artist Tom Fruin. “The curvy paths and piers in the landscaped park offer many unique vantage points for this sculpture as well as the chance to discover the piece without being directed towards it.”

“As the days get shorter, the installation of Tom Fruin’s celebratory Watertower 3 is timed perfectly to light up the sky from the roof of 334 Furman Street,” said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Tom’s use of reclaimed materials and renewable energy echoes the ethos of Brooklyn Bridge Park, and we are so excited to have his work here for all to enjoy.”

The diaphanous patterning of Watertower 3 recalls Fruin’s 2005 Treasure Map, which utilized trash found at R.V. Ingersoll Houses in Fort Greene to form a quilt-like map. Working with Plexiglas, steel, plastic, and scrap material, Tom Fruin takes on recognizably urban objects (houses, billboards, flags and the like), elevating their form to emblematic status and architectural scale. Sourcing sign shop offcuts and brilliantly-hued acrylic scraps, Fruin weaves patchworks of primary colors into striated grids, recalling not only his earlier quilts but also the energy and syncopation of New York City itself, very much in the vein of Piet Mondrian.

From its high perch at 334 Furman Street, Watertower 3 will be visible from many different vantage points throughout the Park, from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and from New York Harbor beyond. The rooftop is an ideal location to harvest the sun’s rays and the building itself functions as the perfect pedestal for a sculpture of an urban form.

This sculpture is supported in part through funding from the Strypemonde Foundation, and a studio grant from Two Trees Property Management. Additional technical support provided by Lumi•Solair, a New York based company that specializes in off-grid renewable products. Acrylite manufacturing offcuts and remainders were generously donated by Evonik Industries.

Please click here to download renderings of Watertower 3, R.V. Ingersoll.

About Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. As steward of the park, BBP has transformed this previously deteriorated stretch of waterfront into a world-class park where the public can gather, play, relax and enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, rolling hills, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel. BBP serves thousands of people on any given seasonal day, who come to picnic, walk their dog, play soccer, jog, bike or roller skate. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a signature public investment for the 21st Century and will be an enduring legacy for the communities, elected officials and public servants who made it happen.

About Tom Fruin Tom Fruin, originally from Los Angeles, CA, now lives and works in New York City. At the age of 40, he has already exhibited in over 25 solo shows and over 30 group shows in Los Angeles, New York, Texas, Argentina, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Denmark, among others. He has been written up in many publications, including Sculpture Magazine, Architectural Digest, the New York Times, Juxtapoz, the Huffington Post and Flash Art. His works are in various collections such as the Margulies Collection, FL, the Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences, NY, The Hanck Collection at the Museum Kunstpalast , Germany, The Buenos Aires Design Center (Centro Metropolitano de Diseño), BA, The Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, NY, and many others.

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