christo's big air package opens in germany
 
christo's big air package opens in germany
mar 19, 2013

christo's big air package opens in germany

‘big air package’ by christo and jeanne-claude, germanyimage © wolfgang volzall images courtesy of christo and jeanne claude

 

 

 

big air packagegasometer oberhausen, germanyon view now through 30 december 2013

 

 

in his first major public work since the death of his partner jeanne-claude in 2009, christo’s ‘big air package’ is already reported to be both the largest ever inflated frameless envelope and the most expansive indoor sculpture ever created. while the artist typically works at the monumental scale of the city or building, the 90 meter high inflatable boasts a volume of 177,000 cubic meters and uses 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric as well as 4,500 meters of rope. despite lacking a skeleton, the 5 ton form fills the interior of a former gas tank, amplifying the ethereal  quality of the space with diffused light. christo describes the experience as ‘virtually swimming in light’ as a result of the vast expanses of fabric.  

christo's big air package opens in germany

view from the top of the tank

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

shape, material and light engulf the viewers

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

visitors are dwarfed by the vast field of fabric

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

light graduates over interior surfaces

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

the diffused day creates a gradient

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

view up from the bottom

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

christo's big air package opens in germany

hoisting the inflatable

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

material was lifted 90 meters high

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

seams are check and moved before inflation

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

repairs are made on site

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

construction view of seam checks and repairs

image © wolfgang volz

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

christo's big air package opens in germany

image © andré grossmann

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

proposed light compositions accompany architectural plans

image © andré grossmann

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

image © andré grossmann

 

 

christo's big air package opens in germany

drawings articulate the frameless intention and monumental scale

image © andré grossmann

  • Doing what he does best. Now look at it ! And the drawings are great !

    JOSEF
  • love the drawings!!

    seanc
  • magnificent

    loren
  • His boasts seem exaggerated. Calling it the “largest ever inflated frameless envelope” seems untrue in two obvious ways. First, the wires that hold it in place are a tension frame, and second, the entire thing would be impossible without the enclosing frame of the gas tank.

    JJ
  • beauty

    christina read
  • gorgeous.

    yeano

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