243 – 100,000 Balloons Mandala

100,000 Balloons by French artist Charles Pétillon
100,000 Balloons by French artist Charles Pétillon
photo by Tracey Burfield

Oh to be in London’s Covent Gardens right now to experience this delightfully whimsical sculpture entitled “heartbeat” in person. Created by French artist Charles Pétillon the sculpture also includes a pulsating light running through it. And get this…it’s his first ever public art installation! And his first ever live work outside of France.

What an amazing feat! or should I say “ceiling.” And look at all those white mandalas! To be under those balloons must feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven…awaiting the angels to come flying through to bring you home.

The image showcased here today was captured by London based Garden Designer and Photographer Tracy Burfield.  About the installation she states this on her instagram post:

It is incredibly stunning and looks and feels so different from every angle, so worth spending time on enjoying. Simply brilliant! It’s only here for a month so make sure you go down to look.

From an article posted on CoventGardenLondonUK.com they state a quote made by Charles about his installation:

“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.”

At the end of the article they include an animated gif that shows the light pulsating through the installation. very cool!

Charles’ installation inspires me to think big…to have a bigger impact…in a delightfully fun way.

Happy Coloring!

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