By Creative Review

Photo: Paul Grover


London’s Covent Garden plays host to an installation by French artist Charles Pétillon featuring 100,000 white balloons as part of London Design Festival

Heartbeat fills the Market Building in Covent Garden

Photo: Paul Grover


It stretches over 54 metres and is 12 metres wide. 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.”



Photo: Paul Grover


“Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself.”

Installing the piece


Pétillon is known for his Invasions – a series of sculptures filling spaces such as derelict houses, cars and public spaces with balloons to change the way we perceive them. A pop-up gallery on the Piazza at Unit 5, Royal Opera House Arcade will showcase images of his previous work such as those shown below


Heartbeat will run until September 27. More on Pétillon’s work here

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