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Plexus c18 by Gabriel Dawe at San Antonio International Airport paired with Chloe’s Jamie rainbow espadrilles.

My Mexico travelogue begins with an installation by an artist ruminating on his Mexican roots (thanks for the tip, Persephone Bakery). Originally from Mexico City, Gabriel Dawe explores textiles as an interface between notions of architecture, fashion, and identity. By stringing prismatic veils from unexpected vantage points—like the vaulted ceiling between the terminal and ticketing area at San Antonio International AirportDawe entrances viewers into meditations on gender, color, shelter, vascular networks—any and all threads. Considering the context of this particular new installation (administered by Public Art San Antonio), plexus c18 channels the magic of flight. Made up of nearly 90 miles of mercerized cotton sewing thread representing 19 colorways, the high-flying piece engages the full spectrum of visible light.

“What’s wonderful about this project is the fact that it will be seen by thousands of travelers, Dawe said, “My hope is that plexus c18 will bring them some joy in their journey.”

Unveiled last week, the public art installation will be on display for three years and upon its de-installation, Dawe will bundle the thread inside a plexiglass box and present it as part of his Relic series. A thoroughly joyful journey.


Plexus c18 by Gabriel Dawe paired with Cutler and Gross’s mirrored aviator sunglasses.

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