In spaces where there is nothing, there is still something. French photographer and installation artist Charles Pétillon illustrates this idea by using hundreds of white balloons to fill spaces that were previously empty, and perhaps even abandoned. In a series called Invasions, Pétillon and his team fill empty spaces with clusters of stark white balloons to alter the way people perceive familiar things and spaces.
In this series of incredible photographs, Pétillon uses hundreds of crisp, clean-looking balloons as poetic representations of many things throughout his photos: a symbol of childhood innocence, a reference to molecular structure, and even a emotional link to video games. Different-sized balloons are inflated and then joined in clusters before being carefully situated in empty spaces, from public playgrounds to houses to wooded areas.
“It is our way of looking at things that I am trying to transform and revive, and therefore make it possible to go beyond practical perception to aesthetic experience: a visual emotion,” said Pétillon.
The endeavor seems simple, but the execution of the Invasions project involved more planning than you might think. Pétillon and his team inflated the balloons for each site in a warehouse and tied them together with string in large bunches. They then filled large trucks with the inflated balloon clouds and transported them to the site, where Pétillon oversaw the meticulous placement of each balloon bouquet. Each was shifted and tweaked until it fulfilled Pétillon’s vision: to evoke an emotional response in response to “the dualism, the contrast and absurdity versus the materials of the location,” as he told Dezeen.
Images via Charles Pétillon