TOM FRUIN – THE DOYEN OF PLEXIGLAS

Posted on | November 12, 2012

Tom Fruin is currently touring through Europe and Scandinavia with his Kolonihavehus, a garden house created from colorful salvaged plexiglas and steel. The work takes its name and inspiration from Copenhagen’s ubiquitous kolonihavehus: a modest garden shed originally intended to give state workers a refuge from cramped living conditions in the city.

Fruin, who often works with reclaimed and discarded materials…

…, has composed Kolonihavehus from roughly one thousand scraps of plexiglas. It includes such details as a pivot mouted door with hand-made hinges and several operable windows. The locally-sourced plexi came from all over Copenhagen: a defunct plexiglas distributorship, a closing picture framing shop, the basement of the Danish State Art Workshops, and the dumpsters outside the Danish Architecture Center.

Tom 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. Another one of Fruin’s outstanding plexiglas pieces is the 20 foot tall water tower in Brooklyn.

You can see Tom Fruin’s Kolonihavehus from Nov 22 onwards at Museumquartier in VIENNA.

Photos by Tom Fruin and Andreas Steen.