The Gasometer Oberhausen is a former natural gas storage tank, the largest of its type in Europe, which was converted into an art exhibition space in the 1990s. Using the unique nature of the space Christo (yes that Christo) has created the Big Air Package, the largest skeleton-free inflated envelope ever, at 90 meters high, 50 meters in diameter containing 170,000 cubic-meters of air (or there abouts). The envelops is 20,350 square meters of polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope, weighing a total of 5.3 tons. Two large fans keep the internal pressure at 27 pascals, which is enough to support the fabric.
It was, according to the press release, conceived by Christo in 2010 and will be on display from March through December 2013. He goes on to say, "when experienced from the inside, that space is almost like a 90-meter-high cathedral,"
|Envelope during assembly||From ground-level, looking up|
|Envelope during assembly||Side with Gasometer structure|
|The man himself||Top of the Package, from outside|