In Villa Olmo of Como, Italy there is an illusion that escapes the mind and dazzles the eyes. Artist Gabriel Dawe’s installation Plexus no. 19 is a large-scale installation that uses string art to create an ethereal surface that stretches across the two atrium balconies of the Italian house. The rainbow hyperbolic paraboloids form breathtaking pieces that accent the wrought iron railings, gilded moldings, and neoclassic ceiling mural. The constraint of preserving the antiquity of the space gave rise to the idea, which is part of Miniartextil, an annual exhibition of contemporary art. Beautiful as it stands, Plexus no. 19 becomes even more captivating as real rays from the sun shine into the space and partake in this dance of color and light.


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ABOUT KIMBERLY LI - Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.