Los Trompos is a large-scale, interactive installation of much-larger-than-life spinning tops (trompos) in a variety of colors and shapes. The tops have created a playful destination for recreation and social interaction on the terrace in front of the Ackland Art Museum.
Designed by contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, Los Trompos are inspired by spinning tops, the children’s toys that are popular around the world. The colorful surfaces of Esrawe and Cadena’s tops are made of fabric woven in a traditional style by Mexican artisans.
By working together, visitors may spin the large tops on their bases, adding motion and dynamism to the installation. Enlivening a very public but previously little-used space, Los Trompos will enable engagement with art and design beyond the Museum’s walls.
Los Trompos is presented in partnership with Arts Everywhere at UNC-Chapel Hill, a campus-wide arts initiative established by UNC’s Chancellor Carol L. Folt.
Los Trompos installation designed by Esrawe + Cadena, first commissioned by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and now made for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Photos by Abel Klainbaum (top left and bottom) and Jonathan Hillyer (top right).