Tom Fruin Stole My Heart in DUMBO

DUMBO, Down Under (the) Manhattan Bridge Overpass was an unfamiliar place to me until today. This Brooklyn neighborhood is surrounded by old factories, warehouses and storehouses that turned into art galleries, theaters, coffee shops and local businesses. For a place that was named "Dumbo" to make the area sound unattractive to people in the 1970s, it sure does attract many in this generation. This weekend was the annual DUMBO ARTS FESTIVAL and even if it was only for thirty minutes, I am happy I was able to go.

Various kinds of art tables were lined up along the cobblestones and the cobblestones were lined with colorful post-it-notes of people's thoughts. But my favorite was Tom Fruin's "Kolonihavehus." It was a house (or garden shed, "Kolonihavehus" means garden shed) built with steel, found plexiglass and paint. It stood under the Brooklyn Bridge and by the water. It was beautiful. If it was socially acceptable to live in such a space, I would.

DUMBO was an unfamiliar place to me until today -- I appreciated every wall mural I saw on every street corner and the amazing collection of industrial architecture. If the name was supposed to turn me off, DUMBO ain't so bad. Imagine if the other name was chosen? YUP, DUMBO could have been DANYA, District Around the Navy Annex.