Tom Fruin was born in Los Angeles in 1974. He currently lives and works in New York City. Working with plexiglass, steel, plastic, and scrap materials, Tom Fruin takes on urban objects such as houses, billboards, and flags, elevating their form to emblematic status and architectural scale. Fruin collects sign shop offcuts and brightly-hued plexiglass pieces throughout Chinatown, which he then weaves into striated grids. Illuminated from within and constructed in municipal locales, Fruin’s works dim to their own internal rhythms, becoming beacons of color and temples of light that dot skylines and community parks around the world, such as his re-interpretations of now-iconic Brooklyn Water Towers. 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 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.