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


Just last week, London’s 19th century Covent Garden Market was transformed into what looks like a scene from the movie Up! We can thank French artist Charles Pétillon for the epic art installation called “heartbeat”. Pétillon worked with 25 assistants over a period of five days to fill the Convent Garden with a whopping 100,000 giant white balloons.

The project is a part of the Garden’s ongoing cultural program that constantly seeks new and neat ways to promote a love of the arts.

In an interview with Design Bloom Pétillon said, “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 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.”

You can see the beautiful display first hand until September 27th.

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This is London’s Covent Garden Market on a normal day:

coventgardenmarketPhoto Credit: Patricia Hofmeester

This is the same spectacular space bursting with 100,000 balloons!

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balloons-covent-garden-heartbeat-charles-petillon-6Photo Credit: Paul Grover

balloons-covent-garden-heartbeat-charles-petillon-9Photo Credit: Paul Grover

balloons-covent-garden-heartbeat-charles-petillon-20Photo Credit: Alanisko

balloons-covent-garden-heartbeat-charles-petillon-15Photo Credit: Facundo Arrizabalaga

balloons-covent-garden-heartbeat-charles-petillon-7Photo Credit: Paul Grover

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