Take a walk through London’s historic Covent Garden market and the ceiling will be an ethereal cloud of shifting white light. As you shop, Charles Pétillon’s installation “Heartbeats,” which opens today (Aug. 27), will softly pulse above you.
The sculpture is 177 ft long, 40 ft wide, and made from 100,000 white balloons. It’s part of a larger series by Pétillon, who tells Dezeen that the sculpture is about fragility—”represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse, appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself,” he says.
It also makes for some really good Instagrams:
Charles Pétillon's art installation 'Heartbeat' in Covent Garden. 100,000 white Balloons are hung across the Market building. With a light pulsating through. It is incredibly stunning and looks and feels so different from every angle, so worth spending time on enjoying. Simply brilliant! It's only here for a month so make sure you go down to look. @coventgardenldn #charlespetillon #coventgardenballoons
See how the installation was made:
The balloons will stay in Covent Garden until Sept. 27.