The Hudson County area has no shortage of art galleries and talented local artists — especially being so close to New York City. Last month, locals noticed another art addition in The Mile Square, this time an array of stained glass sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Tom Fruin. Read on for what we know about this new art installation, called Home in Hoboken.
The Stained Glass Sculptures
There are four stained glass art installations in Hoboken in three locations — the Hi-5 House near Blue Eyes restaurant on the waterfront at Sinatra Park Amphitheatre, Street Ministry at Monroe Center Plaza, and two Icon Camp Houses in Church Square Park. The exhibition was installed by Holiday Collective and will be displayed for residents and visitors until March 15th, 2023.
According to a press release from the Hoboken Business Alliance, the structures Tom created are tributes to architectural icons across the globe and are made with scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled materials to pay homage to efforts to build a more sustainable future.
“I love to reach the most diverse audience possible, and Hoboken is the perfect setting for a very diverse group of people going about their days,” Tom said in the press release. He also added that Hoboken’s walkable community, as well as all of the “cultural offerings you’d expect in this urban and engaged family-friendly community” make Hoboken the ideal spot for public art — including “the best views which affords the most amazing backdrops for the artworks”.
The house outside of Blue Eyes contains pink, red, orange, and yellow hues, while the other in the park is red, yellow, and orange. The sculpture at Monroe Center has mainly blue colors, with a mix of green, yellow, purple, orange, and pink colors. Tom has partnered with the Hoboken Business Alliance in order to bring these colorful houses to the other side of the Hudson River.
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“I hope this work inspires conversation and introspection into themes of home and family and a greater appreciation of the surrounding community,” Tom said.
About the Artist
Tom Fruin is a Brooklyn-based artist that is originally from Los Angeles, California. He has created a variety of stained-glass art installations around the United States dating back to 2011 — including some in international locales like Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Argentina, and more.
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Some of Tom’s most recent exhibitions in the Hudson County area include public sculpture installations in both Westchester, New York, and the Pier 17 South Street Seaport in NYC, a museum exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, and many more. You can view more of Tom’s art on his website and Instagram.