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From Parking Lot to Public Art: “Los Trompos” Pops Up Downtown

If you missed Hector Esrawe and and Ignacio Cadena’s “Los Trompos,” one of the more popular exhibits at this year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival, you’ll be able to see the colorful display from now through mid-December. The Cultural Trust’s brand new Trust Oasis is a “pop-up arts experience” taking over the parking lot at 133 Seventh St. in the Cultural District, and it aims to infuse art into everyday life for those who live, work and visit downtown.

Since it opened at the Trust Gallery Crawl on September 27, “Los Trompos” has welcomed admirers day and night to check out its whimsical life-sized “spinning tops,” which are constructed from multicolored fabric woven by Mexican artisans. The exhibit creates a sort of colorful walkway to the courtyard at Eighth and Penn, and passers by can touch or sit on the objects as a way to interact with the art and make their walking route a bit more fun.

In addition to “Los Trompos,” the pop-up display also features Eric Redl’s “SQR,” as a backdrop. The new permanant installation featuring a mix of glass, acrylic and programmable LED lights anchors the new Eighth & Penn project adding something truly special to the public breezeway connecting 7th & 8th streets. The lights on the exterior of the building surrounding the courtyard will incorporate the architecture and the people passing through the exhibit, creating a true spectacle of public art.

Trust Oasis
Now – Mid-December
133 Seventh St.

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