12’ x 9’ x 9’
Welded steel, salvaged acrylic, LED lights
Inspired by Argentina’s colorful “kioscos,” or corner stores, Tom Fruin’s Maxikiosco celebrates the familiar neighborhood structures that serve as both community centers and sources of nourishment, its vibrant colors reflecting the vibrancy and variety of city life. Constructed from recycled plexiglas and reclaimed steel, Fruin’s illuminated art house creates a sense of wonder through the abstract collision of light and color, becoming a “kaleidoscope of color” during the day and a “beacon of light” at night.
Drawing on what he calls “the ephemera of the city,” Fruin seeks to present “a profoundly optimistic message—that discarded elements once seen as waste can be transformed into positive and progressive symbols.” Likewise, by presenting “everyday structures in a new way,” he aims to create works that “refocus attention back on the original,” turning “overlooked infrastructural items” into something “fantastical” and new.
Tom Fruin was born and raised in Los Angeles has lived and worked in Brooklyn since the 1990s. Often working with “forgotten” or cast-off materials, Fruin takes on urban objects such as houses, billboards, and flags, elevating their form to emblematic status and architectural scale. Best known for his iconic Watertower sculpture, which can be seen from both the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, he has exhibited his work internationally and his art can be found in many permanent collections in the U.S., Europe, and Argentina.