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Weekend 101: Charles Pétillon’s Heartbeat in Covent Garden

99 red balloons? How about 100,000 white ones? French artist Charles Pétillon has filled Covent Garden’s South Hall with thousands of balloons, marking the first time Pétillon has publically displayed his work outside of France.

It took 25 people five nights to blow up the huge ‘Heartbeat’ installation, which weighs roughly the equivalent of three baby elephants, and will feature pulses of light.


There’s also a pop-up gallery on the Piazza which will show more of Pétillon’s work, including examples of his other balloon pieces. The creative has previously poured balloons into a house, so that they spilled out of the windows and doors. His work has also invaded a golf course and taken over a burnt-out car.



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