Can you work out if this is a trick of the light? The amazing INDOOR rainbow that’s been baffling museum-goers

A spectacular rainbow has appeared in the centre of an art gallery – and it’s been baffling visitors.

The amazing installation was created by Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe, who has been tricking visitors into believing they are seeing the meteorological wonder indoors.

Dawe’s installation, Plexus No.35, was created especially for the Great Gallery of Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.

A spectacular manmade rainbow captured in the centre of an art gallery has been wowing visitors

A spectacular manmade rainbow captured in the centre of an art gallery has been wowing visitors

But this vibrant spectrum is not the result of refracted light

But this vibrant spectrum is not the result of refracted light

But this vibrant spectrum is not the result of refracted light. It is instead an incredible illusion, created from thousands of threads. 

The dazzling textile installation has been designed to look like it is twisting from the ceiling window and bouncing rays of colourful light across the room.

Originally a graphic designer, Dawe moved from his hometown in Mexico City – which has influenced his use of colour – to Montreal, Canada, in 2000.

Dawe’s recent installation Plexus No.35 was created especially for the Great Gallery of Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

Dawe’s recent installation Plexus No.35 was created especially for the Great Gallery of Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

Originally a graphic designer, Dawe is from Mexico city, which has inspired his colourful work

Originally a graphic designer, Dawe is from Mexico city, which has inspired his colourful work

His facebook profile states: ‘He started experimenting and creating artwork, which eventually led him to explore textiles and embroidery—activities traditionally associated with women and which were forbidden for a boy growing up in Mexico.

‘Because of this, his work is subversive of notions of masculinity and machismo that are so ingrained in his culture.’

Dawe then studied at the University of Texas in Dallas and has exhibited his work in Dallas, Houston, Montreal, Toronto and Barcelona. 

He recently showcased his work at Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC.

Art fans can catch the artificial rainbow at the gallery until 22 January 2017. 

Dawe studied at the University of Texas in Dallas and has exhibited his work in Dallas, Houston, Montreal, Toronto and Barcelona and most recently at Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC

Dawe studied at the University of Texas in Dallas and has exhibited his work in Dallas, Houston, Montreal, Toronto and Barcelona and most recently at Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC

Art fans can catch the artificial rainbow at the gallery until 22 January 2017
Art fans can catch the artificial rainbow at the gallery until 22 January 2017

Art fans can catch the artificial rainbow at the gallery until 22 January 2017