Temporary TED art becomes permanent in Long Beach: Gabriel Dawe’s ‘Plexus C2’


Photo: Brian W. Jones / Coffee Common

On the Tuesday before TED2012, artist Gabriel Dawe and assistant Sandi Edgar began work on a piece of art that would consume them until the following Saturday — stringing 37 miles of colored thread from edge to edge of the dramatic staircase at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. Called Plexus C2, the piece is symbolic of the complicated network of connections between ideas and people. But it’s also simply, astoundingly gorgeous, a heart-stopping moment of beauty. It inspired this Pinterest board:

Thirty-Six Views of “Plexus C2”

This week, the Long Beach CVB announced that Plexus C2 will stay in place permanently at the Performing Arts Center. The Long Beach Post shares a video interview with Gabriel Dawe, in which he shares details of the piece’s creation, his background, and some housekeeping tips for managing a piece of art made entirely of sewing thread: