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Los Trompos – Ackland Art Museum

March 22 @ 8:00 am - September 17 @ 5:00 pm

Edited_-IMG_9467_by_Abel_Klainbaum-768x591Los Trompos is a large-scale, interactive installation of much-larger-than-life spinning tops (trompos) in a variety of colors and shapes. The tops will create a playful destination for recreation and social interaction on the terrace in front of the Ackland Art Museum. In collaboration with Arts Everywhere, the campus-wide arts initiative established by UNC’s Chancellor Carol L. Folt, four other tops will be located in outdoor spaces on the UNC campus.

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.Edited_T9A4648_by_Jonathan-Hillyer-768x579

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.

See a video of Los Trompos in action!

Los Trompos is presented in partnership with Arts Everywhere at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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.



March 22 @ 8:00 am
September 17 @ 5:00 pm
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Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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