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    Los Trompos prototype on the Sifly Piazza. Photo courtesy High Museum of Art.
    Los Trompos prototype on the Sifly Piazza.
    Photo courtesy High Museum of Art.

    Los Trompos ("Spinning Tops") was the High's second large-scale, interactive design installation by contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena on the Woodruff Arts Center's Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. This site-specific work continued a multi-year initiative to activate the outdoor space and engage visitors. As a blank canvas for community engagement and programming, Los Trompos drew its inspiration from the form of a spinning top, a toy popular with children around the world. The project featured over 30 three-dimensional, larger-than-life tops in a variety of colors and shapes installed throughout the Piazza. The colorful surfaces of each "top" were created in part by flat nylon rope woven in a traditional Mexican style. By working together, visitors were able to spin the tops on their bases as they interacted with the structures.

    The installation built on the success of 2014's Mi Casa, Your Casa commission, for which Esrawe and Cadena dotted the Piazza with three-dimensional open frames in the shape of a house that invited visitor interaction. Los Trompos created a destination outside the Museum where patrons could enjoy recreation, social interaction, performances, art-making activities and special events co-organized with local partner institutions.


    Exhibition Support
    Support for this exhibition is provided by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.