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In 'stagrams: the enormous balloon installation in Covent Garden

Guy Parsons

Earlier this week we brought the news that an enormous balloon installation was coming to Covent Garden. And last night (Aug 27) Charles Petillon’s ‘Heartbeat’ was officially unveiled to the public.

Charles Pétillon's 'Heartbeat', Covent Garden

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Formed of 100,000 white balloons, lights within the sculpture pulse rhythmically. Hence ‘Heartbeat.’


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And our community of photographers on Flickr and Instagram were there on Day One to capture the scene.

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‘It is incredibly stunning and looks and feels so different from every angle, so worth spending time on enjoying. Simply brilliant!’ said Tracy Burfield.


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Matt Scutt said ‘When the light is pulsing, it is a breathtaking installation.’


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The artist is a bit of a balloon fan. Take a look at his Invasions series featuring white balloons spilling out of everyday locations.


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Unlike Martin Creed's 2014 ‘Work No. 200 Half the air in a given space’, aka The Balloon Room, Londoners aren't able to frolic about in them. But they are pretty!


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‘Heartbeat’ is on display until September 27.


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Going to check it out? See our guide to Covent Garden's best bits.

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