Giant baubles hurtle through London’s Tottenham Court Road


LONDON – It was the month before Christmas.

All over the city, slanderers mingled; the lights looked beautiful.

Then suddenly, out of nowhere – huge decorations bounced near Soho Square.

The scene looked straight out of a dystopian holiday film as two giant silver orbs hurtled down one of the British capital’s busiest streets, driven by howling winds. and driving water​​​​. Cars and bikes went off the road.

The orbs gradually put on the mirror coating until a white core remained, according to videos captured by onlookers and shared on social media.

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Although many assumed the orbs were giant Christmas baubles that somehow appeared during Storm Claudio, which hit France and the United Kingdom this week , were part of a temporary art installation set up in central London to promote the music duo’s new album.

The installation, called “Four World Set” and created by American artist Tom Shannon, was installed on Sunday night and was due to be on display until Saturday in St Giles Square, near Tottenham Court Road .

Online, the film prompted reactions ranging from obvious delight to outright disbelief, as some write songs and poems to orbs running amok.

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For some, the orbs evoked memories of the 1960s British TV series “The Prisoner,” which featured a giant white sphere named Rover with the power to block people’s movements. Others joked that the scene reminded them of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, when Harrison Ford, playing Indiana Jones, is chased down a tunnel by a large boulder.

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“Imagine going home telling how you almost got run over by a giant bauble, Indiana Jones style, and no one believed you until this video,” wrote one Twitter user. “Life is pretty weird right now,” wrote another, simply.

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For those behind the installation, the news hit harder. Musician Kai Campos, one half of electronic music duo Mount Kimbie, said he was “heartbroken” after the wind released at least two of the orbs.

He said the team in charge “had prepared for bad weather and strong winds but were very unlucky.”


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