Thursday, July 12, 2012

New York Icon: The Watertower

No one really looks forward to their morning commute traffic, inconsiderate folks, kids all hocked up on a sugar high not listening to a thing their parents are saying, that guy with the loud headphones, tourists being confused and the list just goes on. However I do look forward to the three minutes of total gratification as I sail over the Manhattan Bridge overlooking the Dumbo area of Brooklyn. The rooftops are littered with graffiti, murals, and even installations my current favorite being Tom Fruin's Watertower. One of New York's many understated (and misunderstood) icons the watertower is an essential part of our industrialized skyline. Furin's colorful monument pay homage to this New York icon, using salvaged, reclaimed, & recycled materials to create his plexiglass and steel patchwork tower.  Each piece was locally sourced from floors of shops, old signage, Dennis Oppenheim's old studio, and one of my personal favorite spots Build it Green NYC. The tower is illuminated by sunlight during the day and at night is lit by an Ardunio-controlled light sequence designed by Ryan Holsopple. 

You can find the watertower on the rooftop of 20 Jay street, it's also viewable from the Brooklyn Bridge Park (which just opened up it's first pool - but that's another post altogether click here if your interested), Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan. This instillation will be up until June 2013 so you have some time to plan your trip. Photos below by Robert Banat