Larger-than-life spinning tops

Play with colorfully woven and life-size spinning tops in the Museum Park.

Inspired by the popular children’s toy, Los Trompos consists of six colorfully woven, life-size spinning tops located in the Museum Park. Children are invited to team up to rotate the tops and climb inside for a spin, encouraging joyful play and collaboration with others. In Spanish, Los Trompos translates to “The Spinning Tops,” and the colorful surfaces of each top are woven in the traditional style of Mexican artisans.

Los Trompos is a travelling installation jointly commissioned with the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Museum admission is not required to experience Los Trompos.

Who Made This?

Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena

More than six years ago, Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena established their interdisciplinary design firm E+C based in Mexico City. Esrawe is an award-winning industrial designer as well as a celebrated furniture, interior and product designer. Inspired by traditional Latin American design, architecture and folk art, Esrawe’s works are playful, sometimes humorous, and organic. Like Esrawe, Cadena is the creative director of his own firm CADENA+ASOC. CONCEPT DESIGN with over 20 years of experience. Cadena’s collaborative designs explore the boundaries between art and science. The ability to jump from one discipline to another turns his work into hybrid expressions that nurture one another.

Lower Level Renovations

We’re undergoing some renovations to our Lower Level. Please excuse any construction you may see or hear during your visit-current exhibit spaces will not be impacted.

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