The exhibition is called Los Trompos — Spanish for “the tops” — and is a collaboration between two Mexican designers, Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena.
The sculptures, which were designed to look like oversized spinning tops, were created by weaving fabric in a traditional style by Mexican artisans. They are set on bases that allow viewers to sit on and spin the sculptures. The exhibit consists of four tops on the front lawn of the Ackland Art Museum and four more spread across campus.
Planning for the exhibit began over the summer when Katie Ziglar was named director of the Ackland Art Museum.
“When I arrived last summer one of the things I noticed was our front terrace was very empty and our building is set off from the road quite a bit so it can be invisible to people,” Ziglar said. “We looked at ways to enliven our front yard and put something intriguing out there that will catch people’s attention.”