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Christo's latest work a giant inflatable envelope

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OBERHAUSEN, Germany -- Artist Christo has unveiled his latest spectacular creation: a balloon-like installation that fills the inside of a former natural gas storage tank in Germany's industrial Ruhr region.

Christo's Big Air Package, an inflatable envelope made of translucent white polyester, rises 90 metres from the floor of the Gasometer in Oberhausen. It will be open to the public from Saturday through Dec. 30.

Christo's structure is kept upright by air fans and visitors enter through airlocks. Christo says the effect is to leave visitors "virtually swimming in light."

The tank was converted into an exhibition hall after being taken out of service in 1988.

Christo and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, in 1999 exhibited a wall made of 13,000 coloured oil barrels at the Gasometer.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 16, 2013 G2

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