We all know the sky has been filled with clouds this week – the big dark grey kind that we pretty much all associate with summer now. Not to worry though, if you fancy more of the white fluffy variety of our cottony friends, take a trip to Covent Garden Piazza before the 27th September to catch a glimpse of ‘Heartbeat’ by Charles Pétillon.
One hundred thousand balloons are filling up the South Hall of the buzzing market place, spanning 54 metres in length and 12 metres in width, bringing people to the heart of Covent Garden and providing London’s high-end buskers with an ethereal canopy of white. A pulsating light runs through the cluster of balloons to symbolise the energy of a beating heart and again embrace the vibrancy and effervescence of the historical market.
Alongside the installation, there is a pop-up gallery on the Piazza at Unit 5, Royal Opera House Arcade, showcasing Pétillon's series of Invasions photographs which focus on Pétillon's previous balloon escapades. This is his first venture outside of France and he follows in the footsteps of Jeff Koons and Alex Chinneck who have previously exhibited in the space. Not to mention it’s one of the first tasters of London Design Festival – get down there quick for some extremely social media friendly shots.