Beacon Park, 1901 Grand River Avenue
Los Trompos is made up of eight three-dimensional, larger-than-life “spinning tops” created by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. This art installation weaves together Mexican tradition, culture, architecture, and art. Only when visitors engage with the installations, working together to spin the tops on their base and spinning along with them, does this art come to life.
Based on the concept and construction of the traditional toy, Los Trompos is an interactive piece that puts a new spin on the work of Mexican artisans. As Esrawe said, “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.” Originally commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, Los Trompos has offered a transformative experience in Houston and Scottsdale. Los Trompos cultivates an environment where people, from a variety of backgrounds, can connect, relax, and play. Not only will it offer the opportunity for Detroiters to interact, engage and enjoy Beacon Park in a new way, it also reflects Beacon Park’s mission to appreciate – and celebrate – all cultures.
Los Trompos installation designed by Esrawe + Cadena, first commissioned by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
Los Trompos in Detroit is supported by the Beacon Park Foundation.