Tom Fruin

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Tom Fruin
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Born1974 (1974)
Known forSculpture

Tom Fruin (born 1974, Los Angeles) is a contemporary American sculptor. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York City.[1] Fruin graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in 1996.[2]


Tom Fruin and Watertower

Known for his large scale installations,[3] Fruin most commonly uses steel and highly colored plexiglass[4] to create monumental sculptures referencing local building structures.[5] He describes his drive to make art that is publicly accessible,[6] as well as sustainable[7] by working with reclaimed materials[8] and alternative energy.[9] Fruin's largest installation to date, the Watertower series, is installed on multiple rooftops across New York City and around the country.[10] Other large scale work has been exhibited in public plazas in Prague,[11] Vienna,[12] Copenhagen[13] and throughout the United States.


  1. ^ "About Tom Fruin". Tom Fruin. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ Bertrand, Galerie Sebastien. "Tom Fruin Biography".
  3. ^ Croghan, Lore (June 12, 2012). "Up on the Roof: Sculptor Tom Fruin turns the humble water tank into art for the DUMBO skyline". The New York Daily News.
  4. ^ Shin, Yoon (June 4, 2012). "Artists Reimagine Watertowers as Urban Light Catchers". The Architects Newspaper.
  5. ^ Schmidt, Mackenzie (July 31, 2012). "Tom Fruin's Watertower Sculpture: New York artist Tom Fruin reimagines one of the city's iconic structures". Architectural Digest.
  6. ^ Albrecht, Leslie (July 17, 2015). "Glowing Stained-Glass Water Tower to Summer in Gowanus". DNA info. Archived from the original on 2017-11-10.
  7. ^ Steinhauer, Jillian (June 4, 2012). "Dumbo's new recycled watertower". Hyperallergic.
  8. ^ Bach, Deborah (April 14, 2002). "ART/ARCHITECTURE; Finding The Stuff Of Art In the Gutter". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Vogel, Carol (December 11, 2014). "After 47 Years, a Show of Picasso Sculptures; Colorful Water Towers". The New York Times.
  10. ^ "BBP Welcomes Tom Fruin's Watertower 3, R.V. Ingersoll (Press release)". Brooklyn Bridge Park. December 12, 2014.
  11. ^ "Výstava: GLASSHOUSE Kolonihavehus". Art Map (Czech Republic).
  12. ^ "Tom Fruin: Kolonihavehus (Press release)". MuseumsQuartier Wien. November 23, 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06.
  13. ^ "Undgaaelsens Bevaegelighed (Press release)". Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Danmarks Nationalbibliotek (Denmark). October 15, 2010.