THE HIGH: LOS TROMPOS
Los Trompos (“Spinning Tops”) is 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 continues a multi-year initiative to activate the outdoor space and engage visitors. As a blank canvas for community engagement and programming, Los Trompos draws its inspiration from the form of a spinning top, a toy popular with children around the world. The project features 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” will be created in part by flat nylon rope woven in a traditional Mexican style. By working together, visitors will be able to spin the tops on their bases as they interact with the structures.
The installation builds 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 will create a destination outside the Museum where patrons can enjoy recreation, social interaction, performances, art-making activities and special events co-organized with local partner institutions.