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Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena 

Los Trompos 

On display November 4–13, 2022

Mexico City, Mexico

Functioning as both artwork and rotating seating spaces, Los Trompos act as a gathering place for relaxation, social interaction, and entertainment. Esrawe and Cadena found their inspiration for Los Trompos in the form of a spinning top, a toy popular with children around the world. The colorful material used to create each “top” is made from fabric, woven in a traditional style of Mexican artisans. The fabric is stretched over the “spinning-top” structures to seat several people at once. By working together, visitors can spin the tops on their bases to add motion to their interaction with the structures. 

Los Trompos premiered at Canal Convergence in 2017. The installation was so popular that Scottsdale Public Art continued to exhibit Los Trompos at various locations throughout the city in the months following the event. Canal Convergence is excited to bring Los Trompos back to the Waterfront this year to celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary. 


Hector Esrawe is the founder of the cross-disciplinary design firm Esrawe Studio, which develops furniture and interior design solutions for commercial spaces. He is inspired by traditional Latin American design, architecture, and folk art, and his works are playful, sometimes humorous, and organic. Ignacio Cadena is owner and creative director of Cadena + Asoc. Concept design, which combines art and science using painting, graphic design, photography, sculpture, video, marketing, architecture, and industrial design to generate award-winning works. Esrawe and Cadena brought their design firms together to form E + C, and through their collaboration of style and engineering, created Los Trompos. 

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