A 25m hot air balloon to take to the skies of Thamesmead

A 25-meter high hot air balloon hand-sewn by the competition winners will take to the skies this month as a “floating gallery”.

Artists muscon+retallick, – winners of Peabody’s Thamesmead art competition – have spent two years working with the Thamesmead community to create an ambitious new work Fields of EveryWhen.

Artists designed and built a 25-metre high hot air balloon featuring over 200 artworks inspired by the people and places of Thamesmead and created for the project by local residents, artists and community groups.

These designs were glued together and digitally enlarged on 800 meters of balloon fabric to form an incredible “floating gallery”.

The balloon will fly over Thamesmead five times this summer, bolstering the area’s reputation as London’s growing creative district.

Fields of EveryWhen’s first flight will be on Monday, August 15, followed by a free, community-powered flight Thames Festivalwhich takes place at Southmere Park on Saturday 20 August.

As the newly opened Elizabeth Line opens access to Thamesmead, the stories and works of art of its people will fly above the town during this must-see art event.

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