Tom Fruin's water tower sculpture

See the newest addition to the DUMBO skyline

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An artist is turning an under- appreciated Brooklyn icon into a statement about finding beauty in gritty urban environments.

Tom Fruin’s “Watertower” — a glittering 14-foot Plexiglas-and-steel sculpture shaped like the common rooftop utility fixtures — will light up the DUMBO skyline beside the Manhattan Bridge starting next week.

“I want this one to be a colorful kaleidosco­pe,” he said.

Fruin — who is best known for weaving discarded heroin bags into a quilt — will mount the vibrant installation on the roof of the building at 20 Jay St., a 12-story structure that houses his art studio.

The piece will light up at dusk for one year and was paid for, in part, through a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Visitors aren’t allowed inside the structure — but there will be a stunning view of it from the Manhattan Bridge, Fruin said.

“There’s beauty in the unseen,” he said.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.
Updated 3:38 am, June 5, 2012
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