I have seen the wrapped trees at the Fondation Beyeler in 1997/98. And the Gates in Central Park in 2005. Of course I had to stop by Oberhausen to visit Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Big Air Package in the Gasometer. The wrapped trees and the gates made something with you. They made you instantly happy. Especially the gates. What a pleasure it was to walk through Central Park, watching the bright orange fabric move with the wind, sometimes dancing simultaneously. The way they filtered the sunbeams. You could also tell by looking at people's faces. It was very difficult not to smile.
The Big Air Package is also impresssive. But, it didn't really do anything special to me. People didn't really seem affected by it and where busy commenting about the size, the monumental character of the piece. And it was cold. Freezing. So make sure to bring your winter coat.
If you are close by, visit, if not, save your money for a trip to Christo and Jeanne-Claude's next big project: a pyramid made of barrels in the desert.
Copyright of the Big Air Package Christo and Jeanne-Claude, copyright of all photos j.
Big Air Package by Christo and Jeanne-Claude