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Artist Floats 100,000 Balloons Inside London’s Covent Garden Market
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Artist Floats 100,000 Balloons Inside London’s Covent Garden Market

Yesterday, the 19th-century market building in London’s Covent Garden was transformed. French artist Charles Pétillon used twenty-five workers over five days to fill the building with 100,000 giant white balloons in an installation called “heartbeat.” The project is part of Covent Garden’s ongoing cultural program that strives to transform the district into an ever-changing art gallery, and will run until September 27th.

“The balloon invasions I create are metaphors,” Pétillon told Design Boom. “Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. with ‘heartbeat’ I want to represent the market building as the beating heart of this area – connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life.”

More info: charlespetillon.com | coventgardenlondonuk.com | londondesignfestival.com (h/t: designboom)

Image credits: Paul Grover

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Image credits: Tracey Burfield

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Image credits: Paul Grover

Image credits: Paul Grover

Image credits: Facundo Arrizabalaga

Image credits: Paul Grover

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KennethMason
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6 years ago

Gives the building a sense of openness and lightness it never had. The building is very old and very practical in it's structure. The cloud breaks through all of that. Would have enjoyed seeing more "lowering" of the 'cloud' into the basement area. Very nice touch was the different sizes of the balloons used. Could have used different lights on the inside of the cloud to add a light show effect at night. I think of the beautiful sunnset colors i've seen and would love to see that repeated in the cloud--reds fading into yellows and oranges. Playful pinks, a blush on the whiteness.

FurnishMyWay_Blog
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6 years ago

These balloons look so beautiful! They resemble clouds and the overall look of them is quite elegant and unique. These artists did a wonderful job!

MaryMarty
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful!

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KennethMason
Community Member
6 years ago

Gives the building a sense of openness and lightness it never had. The building is very old and very practical in it's structure. The cloud breaks through all of that. Would have enjoyed seeing more "lowering" of the 'cloud' into the basement area. Very nice touch was the different sizes of the balloons used. Could have used different lights on the inside of the cloud to add a light show effect at night. I think of the beautiful sunnset colors i've seen and would love to see that repeated in the cloud--reds fading into yellows and oranges. Playful pinks, a blush on the whiteness.

FurnishMyWay_Blog
Community Member
6 years ago

These balloons look so beautiful! They resemble clouds and the overall look of them is quite elegant and unique. These artists did a wonderful job!

MaryMarty
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful!

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