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In 2012 BIG!NYC:
* Diverted 1,200 tons of reuseable building materials from the landfill
* Donated over 57 tons of lumber to community & school gardens. That's 1,200 raised garden beds in NYC!
* Gave away $58,780 worth of materials to local organizations.
6/22 BIG!Workshops: Build a Bench @ BIG!NYC Gowanus
6/23 BIG!Workshops: Record Your Thoughts! Book Binding with Shannon @ BIG!NYC Gowanus
6/25 BIG!Workshops: Know Your Tools: Women and Trans DIY 101 @ BIG!NYC Gowanus
6/27 BIG!Workshops: Mosaic What Yo Momma Gave You! Round 2 @ BIG!NYC Gowanus
6/29 BIG!Workshops: Unconventional Embroidery with Brooklyn Craft Farm @ BIG!NYC Gowanus
7/10-8/1 BIG!Workshops: Upholstery 101 with Annie Evelyn (eight part class) @ BIG!NYC Gowanus(8 sessions)
7/13 BIG!Workshops: Rainwater Harvesting with Adam Katzman @ BIG!NYC Gowanus
7/16 Brooklyn Bridge Park Green Series: Urban Gardening Design Challenge @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
7/20 BIG!Workshops: Create Your Own Pendant Light with Urban Chandy @ BIG!NYC Gowanus
WATERTOWER, 2012 by Tom Fruin
Newly decorating Brooklyn's skyline is Tom Fruin’s kaleidoscopic WATERTOWER. The 25 foot by 10 foot tall structure stands atop the roof of 20 Jay Street along the East River waterfront, and can be viewed from the streets of DUMBO, FDR Drive, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge, and Lower Manhattan. Scheduled to be on display for one year (now through June 2013), the tower was created from almost 1,000 multicolored Plexiglas pieces that the artist salvaged from places around New York, including Build It Green!NYC’s warehouse in Astoria.
During the day, the sun shines through the glass to illuminate the tower. When the sun descends at night, an Aruduino controlled light show within the tower, designed by Ryan Holsopple, casts brilliant light shadows throughout the night sky.
The WATERTOWER is the fourth work of Fruin’s Icon series, which according to his website, “features scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials constructed into sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world, from the obelisco of Buenos Aires, to the kolonihavehuse of Copenhagen." Though it is not a true functioning piece, the display can be seen as a salute to New York’s iconic watertowers. This public sculpture is supported in part thought a Build It Green!NYC BIG!Gives Back materials grant, a Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant, and The Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences.
Photos by Robert Banat.
This article was written by BIG!NYC Summer Intern, Casey W.