So it might not have escaped your attention there’s been a few giant balloons hanging around Covent Garden recently; 100,000 of them to be precise! That’s all down to French artist Charles Pétillon who below, gives us a bit of an idea about what it all means exactly:
“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.
“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.”
Haven’t been to see the balloons for yourself yet? Better get a move on, it’ll all be over in a heartbeat as the project comes to an end 27th September.