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‘Los Trompos’ Art Installation Celebrates Play and Cultural Diversity at Beacon Park

Los Trompos

Another interactive art installation has landed in Beacon Park, and this time, the work celebrates Mexican culture and a popular toy found across the globe.

Los Trompos, a collection of vibrant, large-scale spinning tops, debuted in Beacon Park on Cinco de Mayo. The installation’s title alludes to the Spanish word for “spinning tops,” popular toys used by children and adults around the world. 

Mexico-City based artists and designers, Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, designed the colorful displays, which debuted in 2016 

“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,” Esrawe has said. The artists designed the colorful surfaces of the tops like the traditional fabric woven by Mexican artisans, while also incorporating influences from Mexican architecture.

Before landing in The District Detroit, the installation has dazzled the public on New York City and Scottsdale, Ariz. streets, outside The High Museum of Art’s piazza in Atlanta and the Discovery Green in downtown Houston, and along the Waterfront in West Palm Beach.

While various forms of Los Trompos have featured more than two dozen three-dimensional spinning tops throughout public spaces, the installation at Beacon Park features eight displays that can be spun or used as a seating area for social interaction, reading, drinks and meals. The tops come to life when visitors spin the tops on their base.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership, which provides programming for the DTE Energy-funded park, sought the installation to help it execute its mission to appreciate and celebrate all cultures. Previously, the partnership brought the “Prismatica” interactive art installation to the public common, which encompassed 25 pivoting prisms from Montreal, Canada.

Los Trompos remains open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The installation will officially close Sunday, June 9.

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