A few weeks ago, I went to see the most recent installation of the artist Christo, “Big Air Package”. It was installed at the Gasometer in Oberhausen, an old relict of the industrial age which now serves as a space for art exhibitions.
If you are not that familiar with Christo and his artworks, have a look at this page. He does large scale installation pieces, for example he covered the building of the Reichstag in Berlin (and many other places) with special fabrics.
“Big Air Package” is an indoor sculpture, and, according to his homepage, the “largest ever inflated envelope without a skeleton”. It was very large and impressive indeed, measuring up to about 50m in diameter, and 90m in height. The sculpture could be experienced from the inside, but have a look for yourselves:
Imagine a round platform with a banister on the one side and stairs to sit on on the other side. From around the platform the fabric emerged up into the air. The whole “room” was held in white – floor, stairs, the fabric. There were large pillows on the floor so people could sit or lay around and look up.
This is what people could see when looking up. It was really impressive, though the picture doesn’t do it much justice. It’s just one of those things you have to see for yourself, or in this case, experience it for yourself.
The room which this installation created was really all in a bright white tone, even though the picture shows nuances of grey (didn’t want to say shades, but anyway…). There was a window/skylight up on the roof of the building where the light shone through. I liked to watch the dancing dots of sunlight, and the white had a really calming and soothing effect on me (though I heard that other people became uneasy after laying there for a while, because all sense of space/dimensions/relations is skewed/distorted by the brightness and the height).
Proud not only in terms of photography but also for braving my insane fear of heights a little bit. I got shakey knees, admittedly, but that didn’t stop me from taking pictures at the edge of the platform (which was roughly 90 meters up). But I digress…
So the last two photos show what the sculpture looks like from outside. Quite amazing, isn’t it?
Have you ever seen an installation by Christo? Did works by other artists leave a lasting impression on you? Can you recommend any particular piece of art that one should see/experience?