Christo unveiling Big Air Package
Christo, the world famous environmental artist, unveiled his latest large-scale installation work "Big Air Package" last Friday. It is the largest indoor sculpture ever erected. It will be on display at the Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany from March 16 to December 30, 2013.
Big Air Package: on top, inside and concept drawing
The sculpture is made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope. Encased inside a 117 meter high industrial complex (Gasometer), the inflated balloon-like piece has a total weight of 5.3 tons and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters.
Erecting Big Air Package
The balloon fills the enclosed space of the Gasometer, leaving a small passage around the sculpture to walk around in. Air fans create a constant pressure of 0.27 millbar to keep the sculture inflated, with airlocks at the base to allow guests to come in and experience the art piece from the inside. Light coming in from the skylights on top and 60 additional projectors create an otherworldly atmosphere and ambiance for the visitors.
At the opening of Big Air Package, March 15, 2013
Acting like a gigantic tent diffuser, the viewer is transported into an experience with pure light. In Christo's own words, "you are virtually swimming in light when you are inside the Big Air Package... the inner space is probably the most unique aspect of the piece...when experienced from the inside, the space is almost like a 90 meter high cathedral."