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Magical: Tree Giant for Gasometer Oberhausen

Ettlingen, Germany – For its “Magical Places” exhibition, the event center and industrial monument Gasometer has commissioned Clostermann Entertainment to create a giant tree replica. 
  
The tree is going to be 40 meters high and is a highly realistic replica of a rain forest tree. It will be the central spectacular exhibit of the coming 2011 Gasometer exhibition “Magical Places” to move and amaze visitors in the 100-m-high interior of the Gasometer.

Already the single branches of the tree are between 11 m and 13 m long, with the whole tree top spanning about 23m in diameter. After the general structure has been completed at the manufacturing facilities of Clostermann Entertainment in Ettlingen in January, Clostermann’s finishing specialists will continue to attach a total of 30,000 leaves and branches manually on site at the Gasometer. Even with most of the structure sculpted from styrofoam as the lightest suitable material, the whole tree will still weigh about 6.5 t with just the tree top at 2.2t. 

Wolfgang Volz from Gasometer Oberhausen has created the plans for the exhibition and the 40-meter high sculpture: “This giant rain forest tree stands for the monumental “Tree of Life” as a symbol of the beauty, fertility and vulnerability of the eternal cycle of nature.”

The record application with Guiness World Records has been submitted.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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