The Call of the Mountains

The current exhibition in the Gasometer Oberhausen: extended until 27 october 2019

Mountains: homes of the gods, habitats of extremes, the ultimate challenge for adventurers and conquerors, refuges for mystics and monks, places of longing for hikers, romantics and nature lovers.

The title of the current exhibition that opened on 16th March 2018 at the Gasometer Oberhausen is "The Call of the Mountains". It shows the many different facets of mountains and tells of the eternal fascination that these imposing landscapes exert on people at bleak heights where the air is thin. The exhibition invites visitors to participate in the legendary first ascents of the world's most famous peaks with their resounding triumphs and dramatic defeats. And it tells of the thousands of years of human veneration: for mountains have always been places of religious worship, refuge and secluded reflection, full of myths and mystery.

The exhibition uses rare film clips and magnificent photos to show how unique habitats of flora and fauna have emerged in the vast mountain ranges of the Earth. And it enables visitors to trace the eternal cycle of rock which folds up over millions of years - only to be eroded and vanish once again in equal periods of time.

The floating mountain

The highlight of the exhibition in the 100-metre high Gasometer is a monumental replica of the Matterhorn. It is an impressive staging of the legendary mountain with the aid of state-of-the-art 3D projections alternating between day and night and the seasons. The monumental sculpture hangs upside down in the huge space and is reflected in a large mirror in the top level of the Gasometer. Here visitors have a unique opportunity to see the most famous peak in the Alps from a bird's eye view. Jeanette Schmitz, the Managing Director of the Gasometer Oberhausen GmbH says: "The new exhibition actually moves mountains: we have brought the most famous peak in the Alps, which has shaped people's yearnings more than any other, into the Gasometer Oberhausen and have floated it above the heads of our visitors".

An enormous amount of data is required to ensure the optimum resolution for each of the 17 projectors in operation. Software and hardware had to meet the highest demands for image quality, geometric corrections and the decentralised synchronous reproduction of all 17 projection fields. No projection field is like any other, and at certain points up to four projections overlap to form one image. 39 million pixels, 60 times per second are projected onto the 2033 square metres of mountain surface. This is 19 times the data volume currently projected in a first-class cinema.


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