Up, Up & Away

The main square in Covent Garden has joined in the creative vibes with an incredible installation by Charles Petillon. The French artist has transformed the Grade II listed building into a sky of fluffy white clouds.

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

The installation was created using an impressive quantity of over 100,000 huge balloons.

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

This project is Charles’ largest design to date and has been impressing crowds for the past month; today is the last day to see the masterpiece.

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

Over 50 metres of balloons expand across the 19th century building; white lighting has been incorporated to add a soft glow to the installation.

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

The installation is called Heartbeat, with the idea that the Market Building will become a beating heart in this bustling part of London.

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

Heartbeat was resurrected using a contrast of materials; each balloon has a unique size and creates a fragile cloud.

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

The project has brought mass attention with visitors and has enticed crowds to congregate and enjoy the musical entertainment in the Market Building. This was the artist’s dream of connecting visitors back to the heart of London life.

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

It’s interesting how the balloons capture different light and create impressive shadows.

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

The white balloons look typically great against the contrasting turquoise structure; I can only imagine how complicated installing all those balloons must have been.

I’m sure I’m not the only one in thinking this, if that many balloons were tied to you – would you actually fly away?

Charles Petillon Heartbeat balloons covent garden

After admiring the cloudy installation, I took a stroll to Neal’s Yard.

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I passed through the small alley that opens through to the courtyard, which has plenty of health spots to dine and shop at.

neals yard covent garden

For anyone obsessed with colour they’ll relish in the vibrant facades that take over this space. The teeny square is full of energy with its eye-catching shades.

neals yard covent garden

neals yard covent garden

neals yard covent garden

neals yard covent garden

Neal’s Yard is a great spot to embark on some people watching, people sit in the courtyard reading books, sipping coffee and lunching under the colourful canopy.

neals yard covent garden

neals yard covent garden

neals yard covent garden

neals yard covent garden

neals yard covent garden

I’ve got to say it’s great to be back in London after a summer away. The city is constantly full of incredible installations and an inspiring energy especially at this time of year.

neals yard covent garden

I have plenty of London Design Festival posts coming your way really soon.

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