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Photos From The Past: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

As I was going through photos for my past two posts (both from what feels like ages ago now), I came across some others that I took around the same time when the Market Building in Covent Garden was filled with 100,000 white balloons for Charles Pétillon’s Heartbeat installation. Just for fun, I popped them into Lightroom to edit them and as I seem to be somewhat on a London kick here lately, I thought I’d go ahead and share them. Obviously, don’t go running off to Covent Garden to check this out. You’re about two years too late. (Or I guess I am, technically.) But with any luck, since unusual art installations appear to be an annual thing in Covent Garden (i.e. the floating house), it probably won’t be too long before something else is up!

Taking 25 people five nights to inflate, Pétillon’s goal with the Heartbeat installation was to remind everyone of Covent Garden’s historical role as the heart of London and get us looking at the old Market Building with fresh eyes. At evening, to simulate the rhythm of a heartbeat, pulses of light were sent through the balloons. I meant to return to see what the installation looked like at night when it was glowing, but since I am whatever the opposite of a night person is without actually being a morning person either, I didn’t get the chance to do that. Even still, I thought the installation was just as whimsical and impressive in the daytime.

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

And because I took it on the same day as the balloons in Covent Garden and never got to use it anywhere else on the blog, here’s one of my favorites of the Young Dancer in Covent Garden. (I really need to start going through my photos more often. I’ve been finding so many favorites that I’d forgotten I’d even took!)

Heartbeat Installation: 100,000 Balloons In Covent Garden

*You’ll have to forgive me for these totally random posts lately. This is the first summer since I started blogging that I’ve continued to blog through the summer and now I remember why. It is really hard to make myself sit in front of the computer when I could be spending time with the daughter I almost never see during the school year, so I’ve been sifting through old photos and stories looking for things, like this one, that I can quickly pull together in under an hour and then get back to real life. I hope to be back to posting more useful travel posts in the fall, but in the meantime, please humor my lame attempts at keeping a regular blogging schedule so I don’t up and quit again. :)

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  • I’m glad you shared this, it actually looks really cool!

  • Oh wow, that’s really interesting. Kind of reminds me of vanilla Dippin’ Dots (Here I go talking about ice cream again, lol) I’m curious though, were they hanging really low? Maybe it’s just the perspective, but I was getting some mild claustrophobia vibes while looking at a few of the photos.

    • Ha ha! You’re right! I didn’t think about ice cream, but the whole time I was editing these pictures I couldn’t get the 80’s song ’99 Red Balloons’ out of my head. ;) Some balloons were hanging low and some were higher, but the Market Building is so big that it didn’t feel claustrophobic, at least to me. But claustrophobia is like the one irrational fear I actually don’t have, so maybe I just didn’t notice?

  • Gorgeous shots! I loved this installation :)