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The Gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany, was constructed in the late 1920s to store excess gas produced by the coal and steel industry in the Ruhrgebiet, as a by-product of iron production and coking. The blast furnace gas and coal gas that was produced were reused by the steel industries to fire the coking ovens. But supply didn’t always meet demand. Sometimes there was excess gas that had to be flared off, while at other times additional fuel had to be purchased. The Gasometer was built to remedy the losses thus produced by storing gas and releasing it as required.

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Visitors inside “Big Air Package”, an exhibition by Christo, inside the Gasometer in 2013. Photo credit: Götz Keller/Flickr

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