Los Trompos & Look Up! Look In at the Kimmel | Kids Out and About Philadelphia

Los Trompos & Look Up! Look In at the Kimmel

*The event has already taken place on this date: Fri, 10/11/2019
Los Trompos, or the Spinning Tops, and Look Up! Look In. are two exciting free installations taking over the Kimmel Center plaza! Los Trompos, designed by Esrawe + Cadena, first commissioned by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, draws its inspiration from the form of a spinning top, a popular toy with children around the world. The project features 10 three-dimensional, larger than life tops in a variety of colors and shapes, on display throughout Commonwealth Plaza from August 19 - November 17, 2019.

The Commonwealth Plaza will also feature a new installation by Philadelphia-based artist Karina Puente titled, Look up! Look In. This will be an aerial companion piece in the Plaza that will complement Los Trompos.

For this new work, 53 hand-cut “Papel Picado” that are 5-feet wide and range in length from 6-feet to 12-feet long will be suspended in the air. Translated as “perforated paper” or “pecked paper,” papel picado is a decorative craft made by cutting or chiseling elaborate designs into sheets of paper. ​Papel Picado​ arose from early Mexico. It was here that the Aztec people first chiseled spirit figures into bark, which later became the art form now known as ​Papel Picado.​ San Salvador Huixcolotla is a municipality in the Mexican state of Puebla and is considered the birthplace of ​Papel Picado.​ To some people, they represent the element of air for the way they move.

Artist Karina Puente says, "my custom, hand-cut patterns root my practice in tradition and keep me connected to ancestors. Weekly family calls with my ​Tias​ in Santa Barbara always result in an AHA! moment. Through the exhibition, Look Up! Look In, my aim is to articulate the spark of a new idea, arrive at solution-oriented thinking, and fly high during this important cultural moment."

"It’s exciting to pair the work of a local Mexican-American artist in the air with the spinning sculptures from Mexico City of Los Trompos on the ground – giving us all a chance to celebrate and recognize these two traditional crafts and having it all come together to bring our Plaza to life." – Jay Wahl, Producing Artistic Director of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts


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300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
United States


+1 215-893-1999
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The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
The event has already taken place on this date: 
9 AM - 6 PM


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