Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 23, 2017

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Full of hot air

“You are virtually swimming in light when you are inside the Big Air Package,” said the 77-year-old, Bulgarian-born Christo of his latest contemporary project, the first that he realized without his late wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude who died in 2009. “When experienced from the inside, that space is almost like a 90-meter-high cathedral.” Made of more than 20,000 square meters of semitransparent polyester and 4500 meters of rope, the Big Air Package is on view now through December 30 at Germany’s Gasometer Oberhausen, a gas tank built in the 1920s that’s now an exhibit space. Big Air is the largest indoor sculpture ever made and the largest envelope ever inflated without a skeleton. Two fans keep the package upright; airlocks allow visitors to enter. It’s illuminated by skylights and 60 projectors. An extraordinary experience of shape, space and light, to be sure. There’s an exhibit on Christo and Jeanne- Claude’s past projects on the ground floor. Adults $12. gasometer.de.

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