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Oberhausen, Germany

Gasometer Oberhausen

An industrial relic is now one of Europe's most staggering art spaces. 

Built in the 1920s as a holder for gas, the Gasometer Oberhausen was almost torn down in the 1990s as many saw it as a giant eyesore on the German city.

Yet it was saved, and now its 384-foot cylinder space hosts monumental art installations.

The first exhibition was held in 1994 and was, appropriately, on the history of industry in the region. Since then, it’s hosted such installations as Christo’s massive inflatable “Big Air Package” in 2013.