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Giant spinning tops take over Chapel Hill terrace

Posted April 11

The spinning tops will be at the Chapel Hill museum through September 2017.
Courtesy: Ackland Art Museum

Giant spinning tops have taken over the front terrace of Ackland Art Museum on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.

The interactive art installation, called Los Trompos, is designed by Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena and inspired by spinning tops, the children’s toys that are popular around the world, according to a press release. The pieces are made of fabric woven in a traditional style by Mexican artisans.

The four large-scale tops, which opened in late March, come in a variety of colors and shapes. Visitors are invited to sit and spin in them. It's open 24 hours a day, daily, through Sept. 17.

“Los Trompos activate a very public but previously little-used space in front of the Ackland,” said Katie Ziglar, director of the Ackland Art Museum, in the press release. “We are delighted to be working with Arts Everywhere, the Chancellor-led initiative to enliven the campus with art, and we’re so excited to kick it off with Los Trompos.”

The UNC-Chapel Hill campus has three other tops - two in the courtyard in front of the Campus Y and one at Ram's Head Plaza.

Ackland is at 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill.

Los Trompos is the second public art piece intended for play that's been installed in the Triangle in the last month. In March, the N.C. Museum of Art opened a new pig-shaped play piece that comes complete with a slide.

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