It’s time to rewind your memories back to childhood days when you used to play with those colorful spinning tops. Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, have given a new spin to these playful memories by re-creating life-size interactive design installations called Los Trompos (Spinning Tops) in Georgia, Atlanta. Unveiled at the High Museum of Art last month, Los Trompos can be seen in person until the 29th of November 2015.
Esrawe explains the idea behind the design saying: “The concept behind Los Trompos is based on an approach of traditional toys, their colorful expression and the way they are constructed. 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.”
Designed mainly for the purpose of community interaction and engagement, Los Trampos features more than 30 of these larger-than-life tops which can be spun on the top of their bases by their visitors. Each of these tops are crafted and created in part by Mexican Artisans in traditionally woven fabric.
Seeing the overwhelming response to this installation, seven new locations for the tops are being currently planned throughout the district. Although these tops are highly creative and unique in their design, the real highlight of this installation is the interaction between the people who use them, as Cadena mentions, “Only through this interaction and collaboration will the work come to life and be complete.”
By: Priyanka Shah