Photography: Tom Fruin’s Bombora House
Tom Fruin is an internationally acclaimed Brooklyn-based sculptor, whose approach is centered around a process that Fruin has dubbed “quilting,” in which reused fragments of street and retail signage, disposed theater props, plastic and metals are brought together to create a sort of map of life, that celebrates human behavior and everyday life.
Fruin’s latest work “Bombora House” in the Meatpacking District’s Gansevoort Plaza derives its name from an expression commonly used by the acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist’s friend, fellow artist and muse, Aussie-born, New York-based Melinda Brown. who dubbed the building she lived in on the corner of West 13th Street and Ninth Avenue, “Bombora House.” The house was a place where artists would gather to collaborate and create, and its name is a reference to the “outsider wave” prized by surfers. Brown explains that “Bombora refers to a large wave with its own frequency. Surfers will wait for the bombora to roll in. It’s a large wave at the end of a set of waves, same rhythm, different frequency or same frequency, different rhythm. It brings the fish in!”
With “Bombora House,” a series of colored plastic houses, Fruin conveys messages of hope, stability and joy in the sculptural interpretation of a home — while suggesting that we should look at our surroundings with a fresh a prospective. Additionally, the installation symbolizes the wave that spurred the ongoing cultural, artistic and architectural evolution of the neighborhood.
After catching Celestial at ARTECHOUSE, I walked a few blocks to check out Bombora House. Check out some photos below.