Los Trompos

On April 24, 2015, the High Museum of Art, unveiled the 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. The site-specific work, titled The Trompos ( The Spinning Tops ), continued to multiyear initiative to activate the outdoor space and engage visitors in a meaningful art experience upon entering the campus of The Woodruff Arts Center (of which the Museum is a partner) . The Tromposcreated 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.

As a blank canvas for community engagement and programming, Los Trompos drew its inspiration from the form of a spinning top, a popular toy with children around the world. The project featured more than 30 three-dimensional, larger than life tops in a variety of colors and shapes, which were installed throughout the piazza. The colorful surfaces of each top were created in part by fabric woven in a traditional style by Mexican Artisans. In addition to installing the tops on the Sifly Piazza, the High partnered with Midtown Alliance to bring this interactive design installation from The Woodruff Arts Center campus to the streets of Midtown. Seven locations for the tops were planned throughout the district. Co-curated by Sarah Schleuning, curator of decorative arts and design, and Virginia Shearer, the Eleanor McDonald Storza director of education.

Installation / Esrawe + Cadena / 2015
Concept and Creative Direction / Héctor Esrawe, Ignacio Cadena
Design Team / Esrawe + Cadena
Project Direction / Javier García-Rivera
Operational Coordination / Alberto López Monzón, Sofía Centeno
Design Team / Esrawe Studio: Alejandro Flores, Arturo Bonilla, David Flores,
Javier García-Rivera de la Plaza, Jorge Castruita, Moises González, Ricardo Bideau,
Production / Magsa
Weavers / CBI
Fabric Prototype / Gerardo Domínguez
Photography / Abel Klainbaum, Jonathan Hillyer

High Museum of Art Team, Atlanta
Curators / Sarah Schleuning, curadora de artes decorativas y diseño
Direction / Michael E. Shapiro, Nancy, Holcombe T. Green,
Jr. Director/ Philip Verre
Director of Operations / David Brenneman
Director of Collections and Expositions / Amy Simon
Exhibition Manager / Elizabeth Riccardi
Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator / Erin Dowdy
Installation Team / Brian Kelly, Gene Clifton, Tommy Sapp, John Paul Floyd
Key Helpers