100,000 BALLOONS


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had 99, the house in Pixar’s Up would have used about 20,000 (physicists reckon) to lift off, but trumping the big ‘ol balloon count by a country mile is an installation in Covent Garden’s market building, involving 100,00 of them. Is it Elton John’s birthday? A banning nitrous protest? Non. Covent Garden has commissioned French artist Charles Petillon to create an installation as part of the London Design Festival.

Entitled ‘Heartbeat’, it is a metaphor to represent Covent Garden and how it is perceived and used in different ways, every day. Nice. The balloons will ‘stretch the length of the South Hall ceiling of the Market Building – over 54 metres in length and 12 metres wide – inviting visitors to explore it from all angles as it continually pulses with gentle white light’.

Definitely worth a look if you’re out and about in town.

Thur 27th August – Sun 27th September 2015
Covent Garden Market Building, London WC2E 8RF