Wonders of Nature in Oberhausen

One of the most iconic landmarks in the Ruhr region is the “Gasometer” in Oberhausen. The former gas holder turned large scale exhibition space now hosts some pretty amazing exhibitions. Large scale is to be taken quite literally. In 2013 Christo and Jeanne Claude’s installation “Big Air Package” filled the Gasometer. Now the space holds the beautiful “Wonders of Nature” exhibition of nature photographs.

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The images spread out over two floors, with sequences from BBC’s documentary “Planet Earth” in between. The space is huge and a pretty amazing venue for this sort of thing.

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Various kids thought so too.

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Especially the reptiles were killing it.

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But the jellyfish also brought their A game.

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Not to be outdone, this scorpion brought a few little ones.

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The swimming polar bear was quite a sight, too.

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That scary looking deep sea fish is ready for dinner.

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Jungle fever? Are you feeling it yet?

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Getting antsy.

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A rose by any other name would prick you nevertheless.

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A bug’s life.

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Designer snail.

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Find the frog.

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Shadow stag beetle.

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Cornflower blue.

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The highlight is hidden in the attic, though.

There is a huge sphere suspended right over the exhibition space. And when they fire up the projectors…

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…it turns into planet earth. Shadow people for reference.

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Here are my personal favorites from the exhibition, from a purely “Would I want this hanging in my living room?” point of view:

A sharp looking flock of cranes.

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An elegant dragonfly silhouette.

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A warm brown beech leaf.

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And this incredibly fluffy cotton field.

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And these Monarch butterflies reminding me of the novel “Flight Behavior” (see here).

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Now I may have to watch some of those BBC documentaries.

 

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