Christo | Big Air Package

Christo, Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13, Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo.

@ Gasometer Oberhausen, Alemanha

16 março – 30 dezembro, 2013

Quatorze anos depois de mostrar ‘The Wall’, durante a Emscher Park International Building Exhibition, o aclamado e, também, controverso artista Christo apresenta uma nova intervenção escultórica criada, especificamente, para o Gasometer Oberhausen.

‘Big Air Package’ é uma escultura de 90 metros de altura montada no interior do antigo gasómetro que mede 117 metros de altura. É  a maior escultura (interior) realizada até ao momento.

Este projecto foi concebido por Christo, em 2010, para o Gasometer Oberhausen – um gigantesco edifício industrial, localizado na cidade Alemã de Oberhausen, que faz parte da European Route of Industrial Heritage (Rota Europeia do Património Industrial).

A escultura foi instalada no interior de um antigo tanque de gás e foi construída a partir de 20.350 metros quadrados de tecido (poliéster) semitransparente e 4.500 metros de corda. Concluída ficou com 90 metros de altura e 50 metros de diâmetro, pesa 5.3 toneladas e tem um volume de 177.000 metros cúbicos. Dois ventiladores de ar criam uma pressão constante de 27 Pascal (0,27 mbar) para a manter vertical. Os visitantes podem entrar dentro da escultura que é iluminada pelas clarabóias do gasómetro e por 60 projectores adicionais, criando uma luz difusa no interior. Trata-se de uma experiência tridimensional fantástica (forma, luz e espaço).

ChristoBig Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13, Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo

Christo
Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13, Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo

“Quando ‘Big Air Package’ foi finalmente instalada, tive uma experiência absolutamente inesperada. O tecido transporta muito bem a luz. Estamos praticamente a nadar em luz quando estamos lá dentro” – foi assim que o artista, de 77 anos de idade, descreveu a sua última obra e a primeira realizada sem a falecida esposa e parceira artística Jeanne-Claude. “Este espaço interior é, provavelmente, o mais original de todos os ‘Air Packages’ que fizemos desde 1966. Ao vivenciá-la, a partir do interior, o espaço é quase como uma catedral de 90 metros de altura.”

Christo e Jeanne-Claude realizaram a sua primeira escultura, envolvendo ar, em 1966, em Eindhoven, na Holanda. A última foi apresentada na Documenta de Kassel (IV), em 1968, tinha 85 metros de altura, 10 metros de diâmetro e um volume de 5.600 metros cúbicos.

Este projecto é composto também por uma exposição retrospectiva que mostra uma selecção dos mais importantes projectos de Christo e Jeanne-Claude, realizados nos últimos cinquenta anos, em vários locais à volta do mundo. As fotografias de Wolfgang Volz mostram a beleza dos projetos e a abordagem visionária dos artistas. Christo: “Todas as interpretações das nossas obras são legítimas, mas não há outro propósito a não ser o de criar algo belo. Jeanne-Claude sempre disse: ‘realizamos apenas obras cheias de alegria e beleza.”

Direcção de projecto: Wolfgang Volz

Curador da exposição retrospectiva: Peter Pachnicke 

Christo, Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13, Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo

Christo, Big Air Package, Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, 2010-13, Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Gasometer Oberhausen

Wolfgang Volz

Oberhausen

European Route of Industrial Heritage

Construction of Christo's Big Air Package at Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, February 2013Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo

Construction of Christo’s Big Air Package at Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, February 2013
Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo

(English)

14 years after showing “The Wall” during the Emscher Park International Building Exhibition, Christo today presented a new extraordinary work of art created especially for the Gasometer Oberhausen. The internationally acclaimed artist installed his “Big Air Package” inside the 117-meter-high industrial building. It is the largest indoor sculpture ever made.

“Big Air Package, Project for Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany” was conceived in 2010 by Christo and will be on view from March 16 to December 30, 2013. The sculpture, which is installed inside the former gas tank, was made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope. The inflated envelope is 90 meters high and 50 meters in diameter. It has a total weight of 5.3 tons and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters.

The ‘Big Air Package’ nearly spans the distance from wall to wall of the Gasomter, leaving only a small passage to walk around the sculpture. Two air fans creating a constant pressure of 27 pascal (0.27 millibar) keep the package upright. Airlocks allow visitors to enter the package. Illuminated through the skylights of the Gasometer and 60 additional projectors, the work of art creates a diffuse light throughout the interior. Inside the sculpture, an extraordinary experience of shape, space and light is provided.

“When the Big Air Package was finally installed, it was absolutely unexpected what I saw. The fabric very much transports the light. You are virtually swimming in light when you are inside the Big Air Package,” the 77-year-old artist describes his latest work of art, which is the first one realized without his late wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude. “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 cathedral.”

Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized their first sculpture involving air in 1966 in the Dutch town of Eindhoven. Their last air package was erected at documenta IV in Kassel in 1968. It stood 85 meters tall, with a diameter of 10 meters and a volume of 5,600 cubic meters.

‘Big Air Package’ is accompanied by an additional exhibition in the ground floor of the Gasometer, which will show a selection of the most important projects Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized during the last five decades at various places around the world. Large-sized photographs, films and sketches revive those fascinating but always temporary works of art. The many photographs by Wolfgang Volz show the projects’ beauty and visionary approach. Christo: “All interpretations of our works are legitimate, but there is no purpose other than to create something beautiful. Jeanne-Claude would always say, ‘we only do works of joy and beauty.’”

Wolfgang Volz, who helped realizing many of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s past projects, is the project director for the ‘Big Air Package’; Peter Pachnicke is the curator of the retrospective exhibition.

Christo, The Big Air Package (Project for Gasometer, Oberhausen, Germany), Drawing 2012 in two parts 96 x 42" and 96 x 28" (244 x 106.6 cm and 244 x 71 cm). Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, wash and architectural plans, Photo: André Grossmann © 2012 Christo

Christo, The Big Air Package (Project for Gasometer, Oberhausen, Germany), Drawing 2012 in two parts 96 x 42″ and 96 x 28″ (244 x 106.6 cm and 244 x 71 cm). Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, wash and architectural plans, Photo: André Grossmann © 2012 Christo

+ info:

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Gasometer Oberhausen

Wolfgang Volz

Oberhausen

European Route of Industrial Heritage

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