Covent Garden Market is temporarily under 10,000 white balloons of different sizes, and it’s so beautiful! The balloon installation is the work of artist Charles Pétillon who says, “The balloon invasions I create are metaphors. 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 wanted 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.”
The balloons go on for 54 meters and are 12 meters in width so there are plenty to see! I went along yesterday and had a sudden feeling of calmness while I admired and photographed the balloons, which wasn’t something I hadn’t expected. There’s something nice about the fact that everyone who walks past, stops to look at the balloons instead of rushing by to the office or the surrounding shops.
A moment of quiet under the clouds of balloons 🙂
If you are in London, try to catch the balloons as they are there until 27th September. You can see more about the installation here.
So what do you think about the balloons? What’s the most interesting piece of art you have seen?
Wow this looks AMAZING! I’d love to see this live 🙂 with love, Carmen
It really was! Even though I’d seen loads of photos, it still managed to amaze me 🙂
This is so awesome! I love it.
It’s such a great installation 🙂 I wonder where the idea first came from!
Love Covent Garden and these ballons look so nice inside the market! My favorite exhibition has been Chihuly glass sculptures in Kew Gardens a decade ago!
Covent Garden is such s great place, usually one I recommend to visitors 🙂 That sounds great, I’m going to Google that exhibition now!
Ahhh! This looks sooo cool! If only I could see this in person, I’m sure I would get that calming feeling you described. I love balloons because for something so simple as a piece malleable plastic filled with air, it always changes the energy of a space by making it feel special 🙂 My only wonder is whether the heat emanating from the windows above would make them pop?
So true – they are so very simple but effective! I had the same thought about the balloons and I wondered if they will begin to shrivel too but maybe they are made from extra thick plastic, who knows!!
This is an amazing installation! I just love those balloons – although are they making things look darker?x
Sorry, I replied to this but looks like it didn’t publish! I went on a beautifully bright, sunny day so I didn’t notice it being darker but I imagine it maybe would on a grey day!
That looks like a fun installation, but I do wonder what they will do with all the balloons afterwards.
Yes! Hopefully something responsible as that’s a whole lot of balloons.
How interesting we will have to get down there and see it… I am not sure what I think to the art aspect but photographically it is amazing and unique… Thanks for the inspiration
That’s great, I hope you enjoy it! I think the full effect only comes across in person, something that more than the photos can convey 🙂
Yes maybe… Love an excuse to get into town
That’s so cool! Nice to finally know what it was about since I kept seeing pictures! 🙂 #MondayEscapes
Ah great, glad you got to know! There are so many pretty photos on Instagram 🙂
Looks lovely! Wish I had a trip planned to London before they take the balloons away…
Thanks Jennifer! Aww, that’s a shame that you won’t get to see the balloons, maybe he will present them somewhere else afterwards!
This is awesome! Kudos to its creator. Proof that art can be found anywhere.
Indeed! I love unexpected art and art that really is unique – such a clever idea!
How fantastic! I hadn’t heard about this installation but will have to check it out when I next go into the city. Great pics! #mondayescapes
Thank you so much 🙂 I hope you manage to catch them before the 27th, it’s such a great piece of art!
Thank you!! 😀
They look so wonderful and I am excited to say we’re going to Convent Garden this weekend, so I will be able to enjoy the balloons too! Hopefully I will take as good photos 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes
Ah that’s great – hope you enjoy the balloons! 🙂 Thanks for hosting such a fun link up!
The balloon display is very cool and different! Actually, it is pretty awesome! I would love to see it for myself.
It would be great if he displayed the balloons in different countries! Glad you enjoyed seeing them through the post anyway 🙂
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