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Heartbeat Installation

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Last year visitors to Covent Garden couldn’t believe their eyes when part of the Market Building appeared to break off from its supporting columns and float above the Piazza. This public art installation was designed by Alex Chinneck and  was part of Covent Garden’s annual cultural programme.  
This year French Artist Charles Pétillon will create his first ever live work outside of France when 100,000 giant white balloons fill the interior of the 19th Century Market Building. Heartbeat, measuring 54 metres long, will incorporate a gentle pulsating white light to symbolise the beating of a heart, reflecting the history, energy and dynamism of the area.
Charles Pétillon said: “The balloon invasions I create are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. With Heartbeat I wanted to represent the Market Building as the beating heart of this area – connecting its past with the present day to allow visitors to re-examine its role at the heart of London’s life. Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below.”
The complex yet fragile composition represents Charles’ largest and most ambitious project to date and will run from 27 August until 27 September.

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