The Morning GIF: Brooklyn’s most beautiful watertower

Brooklyn gets another landmark.


Lorraine Murphy

Internet Culture

Published Oct 25, 2012   Updated Jun 2, 2021, 8:48 am CDT

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

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A thousand pieces of plastic. A ruined piece of urban infrastructure. In ordinary hands, this would be a good excuse to rent a dump truck. In Tom Fruin’s case, it’s an excuse for art.

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Watertower, in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood, embodies the literally scrappy spirit of the formerly blue-collar suburb, recreating itself out of its own ruins in a constant process of reinvention as art form. On his site, Fruin explains, “The locally-sourced plexi came from all over New York City—from the floors of Chinatown sign shops, to the closed DUMBO studio of artist Dennis Oppenheim, to Astoria’s demolition salvage warehouse Build It Green!NYC.”

The GIF artist at Un GIF Dans ta Geuele has added another layer to the piece, imbuing it with sequentially hued cloaks, moving from greens to blues to vivid purples. After all, why should you have to wait for the darkness to see the light? The GIF has 169 notes, and hopefully none are from confused colorblind Tumblr fans.

Photo via Un GIF Dans ta Geuele/Tumblr

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*First Published: Oct 25, 2012, 9:01 am CDT