germany. oberhausen. gasometer. big air package by christo.

oberhausen gasometer_2005

about a month ago i went to oberhausen to see christo’s newest installation: the “big air package”.

bulgarian artist christo (and his wife jeanne-claude) are famous for their huge installations, such as “the gates” in new york’s central park and the wrapping of  the reichstag in berlin. 

big air package oberhausen_1984

about the sculpture:

“Big Air Package, Project for Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany” was conceived in 2010 by Christo and is on view from March 16 to December 30, 2013. The sculpture, which is installed inside the former gas tank, was made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope. The inflated envelope is more than 90 meters high and 50 meters in diameter. It has a total weight of 5.3 tons and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters.

The “Big Air Package” nearly spans the distance from wall to wall of the Gasomter, leaving only a small passage to walk around the sculpture. Two air fans creating a constant pressure of 27 pascal (0.27 millibar) keep the package upright. Airlocks allow visitors to enter the package. Illuminated through the skylights of the Gasometer and 60 additional projectors, the work of art creates a diffuse light throughout the interior. Inside the sculpture, an extraordinary experience of shape, space and light is provided.” source

christo big air package oberhausen _1990

within the gasometer you can walk around the “air package”, where large scale photos show how the art work was installed.

christo big air package oberhausen_1988

the bottom floor of the gasometer shows an exhibit on christo’s previous artworks.

christo big air package oberhausen_1969

^^inside the big air package^^

christo big air package oberhausen_1972

“The inner space is probably the most unique aspect of all the Air Packages that we did since 1966. When experienced from the inside, that space is almost like a 90-meter-high cathedral”, the artist describes his latest work of art. […]” source

christo big air package oberhausen_1981

big air package christo_1991

you can also take the glass lift up to the top of the gasometer to see the air package from above.

christo big air package oberhausen_1986

^^looking up /below: the view from the top of the gasometerchristo big air package oberhausen_1992

more information can be found here: gasometer.de

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