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.
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?