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These incredibly vibrant indoor rainbows are on display in different museums around the world

A beautiful installation that features strands of coloured thread that work together to form an indoor rainbow has gone on display at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio.

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Plexus 35 on display in Toledo Museum. Image by Andrew Weber Courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art
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Plexus 35 up close. Image by Andrew Weber, courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art

Created by Mexican-born contemporary artist Gabriel Dawe, the installation is made out of thread and is called Plexus 35. It follows a series of similarly energetic pieces that have attracted a lot of attention due to their unique and vibrant look. Other pieces currently on display include Plexus 34 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas and Plexus 17 on display in Gentofte Hovedbibliotek in Hellerup, Denmark. Gabriel’s art has been exhibited in a range of other gallery spaces around the world, and was recently part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. The ethereal indoor rainbows were created to prompt the public to look at public spaces in a new light.

Gabriel Dawe with his artwork.
Gabriel Dawe with his artwork. Image by Andrew Weber, courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art
Another of Gabriel's previous pieces, Plexus 19.
Another of Gabriel’s previous pieces, Plexus 19.

The Plexus series explores threads and fibres as singular materials that come together to create larger structures and ideas. Due to its use in clothing, the material was chosen by the artist to represent the human need for shelter and protection. The sewing thread is stretched and curved to create bright architectural structures in different shapes and sizes. The lines of the three-dimensional pattern are organised with a precision that creates a visual effect that plays with perception. The exhibits almost look like holograms projected into the middle of the museum spaces instead of physical sculptures.

Plexus 35 at Toledo Museum of Art.
Plexus 35 at Toledo Museum of Art. Image by Andrew Weber, courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art
Plexus 29 from 2014.
Plexus 29 from 2014.

Plexus 35 will be on display at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio until 22 Jan. Further information on visiting any of the exhibitions and viewing Gabriel’s art is available on his website.