Christo in Germany

Posted on | November 3, 2013

Christo and his late life-partner Jeanne-Claude are the artists of fantastical large-scale installations. The pair draped a 400-meter curtain across a valley in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded 11 Miami islands in bright pink tutus, and dotted Central Park with over 7,500 shimmering orange gates. With “Big Air Package”, a massive inflated air balloon, Christo is once again pushing limits of space and environment. It is Christo’s first project since Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009.

Christo’s website claims that the installation is the “largest ever inflated envelope without a skeleton” at 90 meters high and 50 meters in diameter. The structure stands inside a former …

…natural gas container in Germany, and the massive cylinder is inflated by two air fans.

“When the Big Air Package was finally installed, it was absolutely unexpected,” Christo states in the installation’s press release. “The fabric very much transports the light. You are virtually swimming in light when you are inside the Big Air Package.”

“Big Air Package” can be seen at the Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany until December 30, 2013.

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  Oberhausen lies between Duisburg and Essen.

Photos: Wolfgang Volz