Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Christo's keeping busy, with the largest indoor sculpture ever

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Even though Over the River is on hold (or "temporarily postponed due to pending litigation," goes the press release), Christo is doing far more than sitting on his hands.

In fact, the 77-year-old just unveiled the world's largest indoor sculpture, "Big Air Package," in Germany.

The balloon-like piece reaches 295 feet high, is made from 219,000 square feet of semitransparent polyester fabric and 14,800 feet of polypropylene rope, and altogether weighs almost six tons. Naturally, all the materials will be industrially recycled when the exhibition ends.

"Package" was made specifically for the Gasometer Oberhausen, a Hollywood Records/silo-like building that was built in the 1920s to hold gases from coal and oil refining and later, that from coke ovens. It was bombed in World War II, but wasn't decommissioned until 1988 when coke was soundly replaced by natural gas. Now it's a contemporary art enclave, and one 384 feet high — perfect for Christo's work.

Of it he says:

"You are virtually swimming in light inside the Big Air Package," Christo said of his latest work of art. "The inner space is probably the most unique aspect of all the air packages that we did since 1966. When experienced from the inside, that space is almost like a 90-meter-high (295 feet) cathedral."

The project was conceived back in 2010, making this one fast turnaround for Christo, who, with his late partner Jeanne-Claude, routinely worked for decades to make a project come to fruition.

The work is on display now through the end of the year.

Big Air Package, Christo

Big Air Package, Christo

Big Air Package, Christo
  • The installation process.

Big Air Package, Christo
  • The plans.

Big Air Package, Christo
  • And the inside ...

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