Does Christo Know about Airbags?

Christo, an artist who, with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, has made a remarkable career of using massive amounts of fabric to literally wrap seemingly unwrappable object.

Christo, an artist who, with his late wife Jeanne-Claude, has made a remarkable career of using massive amounts of fabric to literally wrap seemingly unwrappable objects. The Reichstag in Berlin. Pont-Neuf in Paris. Eleven islands in Biscayne Bay. Fabric quantities not measured in yards but miles.

Which came to mind as Japan-based Teijin Group announced that one of its divisions has opened an airbag production facility in China, N.I. Teijin Airbag Fabric (Nantong).

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At present, the plant has the capacity to produce 6.4-million square meters of fabric per year. According to Teijin management, by 2015, that number will rise to 16-million square meters.

We wondered how big a sheet of fabric that large is. So, turning to Wolfram Alpha we learned that it could cover an area about a fifth the size of Manhattan.

Which got us thinking about Christo. . . .