Now on view in Gansevoort Plaza, Bombora House is the latest installment of Tom Fruin’s Icon series of everyday objects reimagined and reinterpreted in steel, colored acrylic glass, and specialized lighting. Made possible through the NYC Department of Transportation’s Public Art Program, this partnership brings a large, illuminated, stained glass-like house dubbed “Bombora House,” surrounded by smaller “satellite” house-shaped sculptures.
The title of Bombora House is a borrowed expression from artist Melinda Brown who dubbed the building she lived in on the corner of 13th Street and Ninth Avenue “Bombora House”. The name is a reference to an “outsider wave” prized by surfers in her native Australia. Ms. Brown explained 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!” Riding this unique wave comes with risk but success brings with it its own special rewards. With the installation of Bombora House in the Meatpacking District, Fruin is trying to capture the unique and special energy that he first discovered as a young artist and pay homage to the neighborhood where he spent much of his time.
The public art installation will be on display through the end of April 2021. Individuals passing by the sculpture are encouraged to interact with it via text, prompting a unique programmed light reaction.
Open to the public for observation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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