Tom Fruin's HOTEL
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn USA
Tom Fruin Studio is pleased to present HOTEL,
a new sculptural artwork by Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin. This monumental
50 foot tall marquee on the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is
made from colorful scavenged signage collected from all corners of the
city over the past two decades, and fronted by four-stroke red neon,
evoking a vanishing face of old New York.
hand-riveted signs merge and combine in unexpected ways to create a new
whole, showing the variety and spontaneity of the New York streetscape
while collectively announcing the arrival of a new hotel in one of the
few remaining raw areas of Williamsburg. The signs, featuring
hand-painted fruit and pizza, air conditioner repair advertisements,
warnings and phone numbers, were found all over town from a demolished
pizza deli in DUMBO to a converted paper supply warehouse on the Bowery.
Many were liberated from construction dumpsters or discovered in the
street. One sign features 3D artwork by graffiti artist Dan Witz, dating
to the mid-90s.
project is the largest of Fruin’s found signage series featuring
riveted sheet metal tributes to the buildings of New York City. An
impromptu installation from this series, depicting city’s housing
projects, is currently on view on the streets of Brooklyn.
Fruin (b. 1974) works in Brooklyn, NY. His work is a part of many
international museums and collections, most notably The Hanck Collection
at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany; the Richard J. Massey
Foundation for Arts and Sciences in New York, NY; and the Buenos Aires
Design Center (Centro Metropolitano de Diseño) in Buenos Aires,
Argentina. Fruin’s most recent contribution to public art in New York
City is the 50 foot tall neon sculpture HOTEL on the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
found signage, steel, neon, rivets
50 x 8 x 1.5 feet
For additional press information please contact Becky@tomfruin.com.
First two photos courtesy Wythe Hotel; third photo by Robert Banat.