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Making Waves on the Skyline - A Stained Glass Water Tower

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

⭐ How about a Stained Glass window WATER TOWER today? ⭐

Yip – stained glass – not just for your places of worship! ;)

This work is by American Artist Tom Furin and is situated on a roof top in New York – next to the Manhattan Bridge!

The work is the fourth in a series of monumental sculptures by which the artist uses salvaged materials, transforming them into sculptural tributes to recognised architectural icons all over the world.

For WATERTOWER, the artist has used reclaimed Plexiglas, steel and multiple salvaged materials.

Quoting from the artist’s website:

“Furin, who often works with reclaimed and discarded materials, has composed Watertower from roughly one thousand scraps of plexiglas. It includes such details as interior and exterior access ladders and an operable roof hatch. The locally-sourced plexi came from all over New York City—from the floors of Chinatown sign shops, to the closed DUMBO studio of artist Dennis Oppenheim, to Astoria’s demolition salvage warehouse Build It Green! NYC.

Illuminated by the sun during the day and by Ardunio-controlled light sequences designed by Ryan Holsopple at night, this beacon of light is a tribute to the iconic New York water tower and a symbol of the vibrancy of Brooklyn.”

Watertower opened June 7th 2012 and still holds daily light shows.

The series itself actually began in Copenhagen in 2010 where the artist revealed the first of several Kolonihavehus – colourful green houses!

What do you think of the water tower?

I’d love to know in the comments below!

Jo McLaughlin

May 2021

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