CHRISTO: BIG AIR PACKAGE
18 years after wrapping up the Berlin Reichstag and 14 years after The Wall installation in Oberhausen to close the Emscher Park International Building Exhibition (IBA), Christo is back in Germany with an outstanding new art project. From 16 March to 30 December 2013, the world-famous artist is exhibiting his sculpture inside the Oberhausen Gasometer.
The work is made from 20,350 square meters of white semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 metres of rope. The inflated envelope weighs in at 5.3 tonnes, stands 90 metres tall, is 50 metres in diameter and has a volume of 177,000 cubic metres. The Big Air Package fills the Gasometer almost wall-to-wall, leaving just a narrow walkway around the sculpture. Visitors can also enter inside the work through airlocks. The installation is kept upright by two air fans. This makes Big Air Package the largest inflatable envelope ever created to date without a supporting framework.
Illuminated by the Gasometer skylights, the work casts a diffused light throughout the interior, offering a unique experience of shape, space and light.
© 2013 Christo
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