Artist Charles Pétillon Fills London's Covent Garden With 100,000 White Balloons

French artist Charles Pétillon has unveiled his first large-scale public art installation (and his first ever live work outside of France) in London's Covent Garden this August featuring 100,000 giant white balloons filling the grand interior of the 19th Century Market Building. The unusual project titled "Heartbeat", stretches 54 metres in length and 12 metres in width, and incorporates gentle pulsating white light to symbolise the beating of a heart and reflect the history, energy and dynamism of the district.  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."
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Find out more about Charles Pétillon's work here.

via [Daily Mail] via [Creative Review]