Christo fills former natural gas tank
OBERHAUSEN, Germany (AP) — Artist Christo has unveiled his latest spectacular creation: a balloonlike 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 295 feet (90 meters) 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. Visitors enter through airlocks. Christo says the effect is to leave visitors “virtually swimming in light.”
‘Rocky II’ house goes up for sale
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Want to live like Rocky Balboa? The Italian Stallion’s house is on the market.
The home in South Philadelphia was featured in the 1979 movie “Rocky II.” In the sequel to the Oscar-winning smash, the fictional boxer played by Sylvester Stallone buys the house after he loses a bout to Apollo Creed but gains renown for his toughness.
The 1,036-square-foot row house has three bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms. Asking price: $139,000. The home is for sale because the woman who lived there since the time of filming recently died.
He says the house was picked for “Rocky II” because the filmmakers “happened to like the front of the home and knocked on the door.”