BLOG: Los Trompos: Q&A with Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena

BLOG: Los Trompos: Q&A with Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena
This Saturday, November 14, Los Trompos will open at Discovery Green®! The park’s latest public art installation promises to captivate and engage visitors with 20 colorful, larger-than-life ‘trompos’ (spinning tops). 

Los Trompos is designed by internationally acclaimed Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, who work together at interdisciplinary design firm E+C and have participated individually and together in various projects around the U. S. and Mexico. The designers draw inspiration from traditional Latin American design, architecture and folk art, and seek to engage the community by creating beautiful, interactive designs. 

Los Trompos was created by the designers during their residency at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. Upon invitation from the Discovery Green Conservancy, Esrawe and Cadena visited the park and selected it as the ideal location for the second iteration of Los Trompos, believing the park shared their vision and mission of engaging and connecting the community through art. 

Join us, and the designers, for the opening celebration of Los Trompos on Saturday, November 14, from 2-5 pm! There will be live performances by the HSPVA Mariachi Band and Ambassadors Ballet Folklorico, spin art, prize giveaways, and more! 

Following the event, at 5 pm, Esrawe and Cadena will give a special artist talk open to the public. But, see below for a sneak peek of an interview on their excitement for Los Trompos at Discovery Green!

Q: Why did you choose Discovery Green for the second U.S. installation of Los Trompos?
A: From the first moment we visited Discovery Green, we felt it was the perfect spot to receive Los Trompos. Its playful and magical quality make it a unique urban space. 

Q: Why are you excited to bring Los Trompos to Houston?
A: Because it was a project conceived to travel and to be experienced by audiences all over the world. We love Texas and think it’s a perfect fit for the project!

Q:   How did you come up with the concept behind Los Trompos?
A: As of all of our work, Los Trompos is an exploration that looks at our past but at the same time looks at the present and future in a constant search to engage with new audiences. 

Q:  What role do cultural traditions play in Los Trompos?
A: A very important one! Traditions are embedded all of time in our work, and we try passionately to translate those traditions into contemporary visual languages. 

Q:  How do you design to encourage play and interaction?
A: By always remembering that design must serve, amuse, surprise and inspire human beings! 

Q: What is your favorite part about working together as designers?
A: Collaborating, playing, learning, exploring, sharing, building, growing and discovering. 

Q: What is your favorite part about creating a design?
A: The moment our designs come in contact and are experienced by audiences, that’s when our work comes to life! 

Q: How do you come up with new designs and ideas?
A: Playing and working hard! Keeping our senses aware all of the time and knowing that every project is a new, unknown and wonderful adventure! 

Q: What inspires you?
A: Art, music, theater, the city, the past, travels, other cultures, people, beauty, fashion, architecture, and more! 

Q: What other projects are you currently working on?
A: We work on designing projects of all scales and types, products, interior design, branding, communication, strategic design and art. We are currently designing consumer products, perfumes, hotels, mixed use projects, universities, and restaurants, among other things. 

Los Trompos at Discovery Green is made possible by a generous grant from the Kinder Foundation. Additional support is provided by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston and the professional services of the Weingarten Art Group.


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