The end of summer is here. Yes, I know, it sucks. I've been living in the city for over a year and this will be the second time around I have to deal with polar weather. Coming from the caribbean that's no easy task, so I'm doing the most with the time I have left of sunshine as in: outdoors as much as possible. Thankfully New York's diverse cultural scene has plenty of public art to offer to those of us who don't want to experience it inside a cold museum. There would be plenty of time for that in the winter. Meh.
This is why I went to take a look at Tom Fruin's Kolonihavehus in DUMBO (aka Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), an outdoor installation by the Brooklyn-based artist. This colorful salvaged plexiglas and steel house is the first sculpture in Fruin's internationally recognized Icon series.
The work takes its name and inspiration from Copenhagen's ubiquitous kolonihavehus: a modest garden shed originally intended to give state workers a refuge from cramped living conditions in the city. The Icon series can be seen as a three-dimensional evolution of Fruin’s found drug-bag quilts and flags for which he is well known.
Fruin, who usually works with reclaimed and discarded materials, sourced the plexi from all over Copenhagen: a defunct plexiglas distributorship, a closing picture framing shop, the basement of the Danish State Art Workshops, you get the idea. This particular piece is composed from roughly one thousand scraps of plexiglas, that when touched by sunshine creates amazing colored shadows all around, a real treat for the eyes and a great outdoorsy alternative for me. Thanks Tom.
What's your favorite piece of public art?