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
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