A dizzying display of color has taken over Sifly Piazza at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena created the site-specific work, called “Los Trompos" (“The Spinning Tops). The duo were commissioned as part of the museum’s multi-year initiative to create interactive outdoor art on the Woodruff Arts Center campus.
The architects took inspiration from the form and movement of traditional spinning top toys, which they translated into the over 30 large-scale “tops” that make up the “Los Trompos” installation. The interactive structures come in a variety of colors and shapes and are covered in colorful fabric woven by Mexican Artisans who used traditional textile techniques. “The concept behind ‘Los Trompos’ is based on an approach of traditional toys, their colorful expression and the way they are constructed,” says Esrawe. “We wanted to talk about the traditions and skills of the craftsmen in Mexico, as an inheritance of our culture. We like the idea of translating these techniques into new symbols.”
The “Los Trompos” installation won’t be limited to the grounds of the High Museum of Art; the museum and the Midtown Alliance have plans to expand the installation into seven locations on the streets of Midtown. Esrawe and Cadena currently serve as designers-in-residence at the High and have completed other urban art interventions for the museum in the past, including the 2014 installation “Mi Casa, Your Casa” that comprised 36 red house-shaped frames.
Images via Esrawe, © Abel Klainbaum, Jonathan Hillyer