By Paul Kruger
Paul Kruger was born and raised in New York City. As a child, he would play near the city's edge, along the Hudson River, making swords and walking sticks out of the washed-up driftwood. He attended art schools throughout his early life, including the specialized fine art high school LaGuardia, later earning his BFA at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in lower Manhattan.
In 2008, he began to revisit the path along the Hudson River, now seeing seas of industrial man-made NYC driftwood left for waste. He became enthralled with the possibilities of where the pieces came from, what they were in their passed lives, and what he could transform them into. He began recycling the driftwood into sculptures...
As he fine-tuned his craft, in 2012, he took on bigger projects, now making furniture, tables, and fine scuptures, from fallen trees across the nation. He paired the natural wood with industrial-style steel bases, forming a new collection. From childhood swords to organically shaped sculptural furniture, the designs of Fallen Industry come from seeing new purpose and beauty in what would otherwise have been discarded or destroyed.