Giant baubles hurtle through London’s Tottenham Court Road


LONDON — It’s the month before Christmas.

The revelers gathered throughout the city; the lights are beautiful.

Then suddenly, out of nowhere – the giant jewels flew over Soho Square.

The scene looked straight out of a dystopian holiday film as two huge coins tore through people on one of the British capital’s busiest streets, fueled by howling winds and rain. Cars and trucks swerved off the road.

The orbs slowly shed their glass cover until a white layer was left behind, according to videos captured by onlookers and shared on social media.

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Although many people thought that the giant Christmas carols were opened during Storm Claudio, which hit France and the United Kingdom this week, they were part of an imaginary work set up in central London. to announce a new album by a duo.

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

On the internet, the images ranged from joy to disbelief, as some write poems and songs to orbs run amok.

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For some, the orbs brought to mind the 1960s British TV series “The Prisoner,” which featured a large white sphere called Rover with the power to disrupt people’s movements. Some joked that the image reminded them of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” when Harrison Ford, playing Indiana Jones, was chased down a corridor by a giant rock.

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

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For those behind the installation, the news is more difficult. Singer Kai Campos, one half of electronic music duo Mount Kimbie, said he was “heartbroken” after the wind blew away two of the orbs.

He said his company was “preparing for the storm and strong winds but it was really bad.”


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