Tom Fruin

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Tom Fruin
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Born1974 (1974)
Known for Sculpture

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]


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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.

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