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Christo – Big Air Package. Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany

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Big Air Package is an indoor installation for the interior of a former gas tank – the Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany – and is the largest ever inflated envelope without a skeleton. The 90-metre high inflatable has a volume of 177,000 cubic meters and is constructed with 20,350 square meters of semi-transparent polyester fabric and 4,500-metres of rope.


Christo describes the experience as “virtually swimming in light” as a result of the vast expanses of fabric, lit from above via skylights in the Gasometer.


Christo. Big Air Package. Gasometer Oberhausen. March 16 to December 30, 2013

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Christo. Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13. Photos: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo

Christo. The Big Air Package (Project for Gasometer, Oberhausen). Collage 2013 in two parts.30 1/2 x 12″ and 30 1/2 x 26 1/4″ (77.5 x 30.5 cm and 77.5 x 66.7 cm).Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, fabric, twine and architectural plans. Photo: André Grossmann © 2013 Christo


About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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