I passed over photos of Charles P├ętillon's balloon installation in London's Covent Garden yesterday, thinking that it seemed too similar to other projects I've posted about in the past. But I love the artist's description of the project, which he calls "Heartbeat" and which employs the airy, celestial splendor of 100,000 white balloons in its 177-foot long reconstruction of a cloud. "The balloon invasions I create are metaphors," says the artist. "Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we we live alongside each day without really noticing them."

"With Heartbeat," he continues, "I want to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area — connecting its past with the present to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London's life." Also a part of the installation are white lights that palpitate to a rhythm similar to that of a beating heart, so that the cloud appears "as alive and vibrant as the area itself." See more, here.

Photos by Paul Grover. Thanks, Creative Boom. See also: manmade hills / lick-able walls / a floating flower garden / and a house made of sugar.


  1. I have the one of the same photos ready to be published in my Read & Watch post tomorrow morning! I found out about his work on Colossal and fell in love with the balloon images. It looks like a beautiful piece! If only it would have been up while I was in London in July.

  2. I love how he thought about making the clouds appear alive - super pretty :)

  3. I am sorry, but these mostly make me think about air pollution and anticipate their contribution to the destruction of the natural environment. Sorry to be so negative, but I worry.

  4. I wondered what your thoughts would be on this, as when I saw it, I thought of you. I think it's just so.

  5. Daina, would have been so cool to see in person! But the photos are beautiful, too :)

    Anon, no need to apologize. That's fair.

    Erin, that's so nice! Thank you for thinking of me.

  6. Hello! Just catching up on your blog, and saw this post that I'd seen when you first published it. Wanted to tell you that I had sent it to my sister-in-law and her husband who live in London, and they visited the exhibit. They loved the experience and shared some amazing photos.
    Thanks for curating!

  7. That's so wonderful to hear, Marie! I'm so glad they liked it — and wish I was there, too, to see it :) Thanks so much for reading!



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