What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

A Brooklyn Icon



Tom Fruin/Robert Banat

Of all the landmarks Beloved and I adore in Brooklyn – and there are a lot – the Tom Fruin stained glass watertower reigns supreme. The watertower sculpture is made of reclaimed steel and more than 1,000 pieces of colored plexiglass. Mounted on top of a building near the Brooklyn Bridge in 2012, the sculpture can be seen from the Belt Parkway (we all spend a lot of time on the Belt) and from lower Manhattan. As gorgeous as it is when the sun passes through it during the day, at night, the piece is lit from within, and turns ino a “beacon of light,” meant as a tribute to the multi-cultural vibrancy of Brooklyn.

Fruin has also worked on other colored plexiglass sculptures around New York, including his Kolonihavehus, which was shown outside the Royal Danish Library and at Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of the 2014 DUMBO Arts Festival.

You can follow the very talented Tom Fruin on his website and on Instagram.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

21 thoughts on “A Brooklyn Icon

  1. I totally enjoyed all of it but the “Four Seasons” was outstanding. Talk about thinking outside the box this artist really does.

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  2. Beautiful pieces. I like stained glass anyway so stained glass on this scale and operating in three dimensions is pretty spectacular.

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  3. Really s be pretty at night.

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  4. Oh, how lovely!!!

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  5. These are wonderful! I’ve been to Brooklyn but didn’t see any of this. Will forward to my Brooklyn friends.

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  6. Wow!


  7. Beautiful! I’m surprised I don’t recognize these, since my son lives in Dumbo right near the Manhattan Bridge. He has never brought them to my attention! Guess we’re just so busy with stuff… also we’re usually at his country place on L.I. Lovely to see these, thanks Donna!

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  8. I am such a fan! I demand to see that water tower next time in the neighborhood.

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