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“Big Air Package” is claimed to be the largest indoor scultpure ever made

“Big Air Package” is claimed t...
"Big Air Package" is billed as the largest indoor sculpture ever created (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
"Big Air Package" is billed as the largest indoor sculpture ever created (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package was conceived in 2010 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package was conceived in 2010 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
"Big Air Package" is billed as the largest indoor sculpture ever created (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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"Big Air Package" is billed as the largest indoor sculpture ever created (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
60 projectors were employed to fill the inside of Big Air Package with diffuse light (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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60 projectors were employed to fill the inside of Big Air Package with diffuse light (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
The installation runs until December 2013 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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The installation runs until December 2013 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
The interior of Big Air Package is likened to a light-filled cathedral (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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The interior of Big Air Package is likened to a light-filled cathedral (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Visitors to the interior of Big Air Package must pass through an airlock (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Visitors to the interior of Big Air Package must pass through an airlock (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Big Air Package is the first work by Christo since his wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude died in 2009 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package is the first work by Christo since his wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude died in 2009 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Big Air Package required 20,350 square meters (219,000 square feet) of semi-transparent polyester fabric (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package required 20,350 square meters (219,000 square feet) of semi-transparent polyester fabric (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
4,500 meters (14,763 feet) of rope was used in the construction of Big Air Package (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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4,500 meters (14,763 feet) of rope was used in the construction of Big Air Package (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
The inflated envelope is 90 meters (295 feet) high, and 50 meters (164 feet) in diameter (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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The inflated envelope is 90 meters (295 feet) high, and 50 meters (164 feet) in diameter (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Big Air Package boasts the huge scale which typifies the artist's work (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package boasts the huge scale which typifies the artist's work (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Big Air Package has a total weight of 5.3 tons, and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters (6,250 cubic feet) (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package has a total weight of 5.3 tons, and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters (6,250 cubic feet) (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Big Air Package required 20,350 square meters (219,000 square feet) of semi-transparent polyester fabric (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package required 20,350 square meters (219,000 square feet) of semi-transparent polyester fabric (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
The inflated envelope is 90 meters (295 feet) high and 50 meters (164 feet) in diameter (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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The inflated envelope is 90 meters (295 feet) high and 50 meters (164 feet) in diameter (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Big Air Package is installed in Germany’s Gasometer Oberhausen (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package is installed in Germany’s Gasometer Oberhausen (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
The sculpture almost fills the Gasometer, with only a small passage remaining to allow visitors to walk around the periphery (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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The sculpture almost fills the Gasometer, with only a small passage remaining to allow visitors to walk around the periphery (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Big Air Package was conceived in 2010 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Big Air Package was conceived in 2010 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
"Big Air Package" is billed as the largest indoor sculpture ever created (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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"Big Air Package" is billed as the largest indoor sculpture ever created (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
Architectural plans for Big Air Package (Photo: André Grossmann)
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Architectural plans for Big Air Package (Photo: André Grossmann)
Architectural plans for Big Air Package (Photo: André Grossmann)
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Architectural plans for Big Air Package (Photo: André Grossmann)
Architectural plans for Big Air Package (Photo: André Grossmann)
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Architectural plans for Big Air Package (Photo: André Grossmann)
Architectural plans for Big Air Package (Photo: André Grossmann)
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Architectural plans for Big Air Package (Photo: André Grossmann)
The Wall by Christo and Jeanne-Claude - 13,000 oil barrels, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 1998-99 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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The Wall by Christo and Jeanne-Claude - 13,000 oil barrels, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 1998-99 (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
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Bulgarian-born artist Christo has unveiled his latest work, dubbed “Big Air Package,” which is billed as the largest indoor sculpture created to date. Whether the claim is true or not, the installation is most certainly a significant feat of engineering in its own right. Big Air Package is installed in Germany’s Gasometer Oberhausen, and almost fills the cavernous space of an empty gas tank, the inflated envelope being 90 meters (295 feet) high, and 50 meters (164 feet) in diameter.

Christo (a mononym, like Cher and Prince) is best known as half of the husband-and-wife artistic duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Previous designs by the pair have polarized opinion, with the covering of Germany’s Reichstag building in material acting as a good example of the large-scale which typified their output. Sadly, Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009 and this work represents the artist’s first solo appearance since the loss.

4,500 meters (14,763 feet) of rope was used in the construction of Big Air Package (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
4,500 meters (14,763 feet) of rope was used in the construction of Big Air Package (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)

Big Air Package is actually the second installation by Christo to appear at the Gasometer Oberhausen, following 1999‘s “The Wall,” which featured 13,000 empty oil barrels spanning the distance from wall to wall of the Gasometer.

Big Air Package was conceived in 2010, and required 20,350 square meters (219,000 square feet) of semi-transparent polyester fabric, in addition to 4,500 meters (14,763 feet) of rope.It has a total weight of 5.3 tons (5.8 U.S. tons), and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters (6,250 cubic feet).

The interior of Big Air Package is likened to a light-filled cathedral (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)
The interior of Big Air Package is likened to a light-filled cathedral (Photo: Wolfgang Volz)

The sculpture almost fills the Gasometer, with only a small passage remaining to allow visitors to walk around the periphery. Two air fans are employed to maintain a constant pressure of 27 pascal (0.27 millibar) in order keep the balloon-like “package” upright. Visitors who wish to enter inside Big Air Package are required to first pass through an airlock.

Those who access to the interior of Big Air Package are met with a great white space, occupied with diffuse light generated by skylights and 60 projectors. The artist himself likens the experience to stepping within a light-filled cathedral.

Big Air Package runs until December 30, 2013, at the Oberhausen Gasometer, in Oberhausen, Germany.

The video below documents the construction of Big Air Package.

Source: Christo

Construction of Christo's Big Air Package

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2 comments
Arahant
Its a big... air.. package? uhhh... oh, its art.
yes of course thats what it is.
just seems like a bloody big package to me, filled with air.
Ptodd
I'm sorry - but I just can't appreciate most of this artist's work. I know art is very subjective but seriously... Wrapping buildings? Islands?! It seems like a colossal waste of material. Then what becomes of all that material? Is it recycled? If not, doesn't seem environmentally responsible at all.