The orbs gradually shed their mirror coating until a core of white remained, according to videos captured by onlookers and shared on social media.
While many thought the orbs were giant Christmas baubles that somehow came alight during Storm Claudio, which hit France and the UK this week, they were part of a temporary art installation set up by a music festival in central London. to promote the duo’s new album.
The installation, called “Four Worlds Set” and created by American artist Tom Shannon, was set up on Sunday night and is meant to be on display in St Giles Square, near Tottenham Court Road, until Saturday.
Online, the footage sparked reactions ranging from apparent joy to utter disbelief, as some said Wrote poems and poems Running between orbs.
🎶 Deck the streets with outdoor bubbles
Watch the spheroids bounce and roll
Waves of shredded Mylar shading
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la
London drivers are all scared
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la 🎶 https://t.co/uLDqUq9bXO
— Avram Grumer 🎲 (@avram) November 1, 2022
For some, orbs brought back memories of the 1960s British TV series “The Prisoner,” which featured a giant white ball named Rover with the power to stop people from moving. Others joked that the scene reminded them of “Raiders of the Last Ark,” when Harrison Ford, playing Indiana Jones, is chasing a giant rock through a tunnel.
“Imagine going home to tell how you almost walked out on a giant bubble, Indiana Jones style, and no one believes you until this video,” wrote one Twitter user. “Life is really weird right now,” wrote another, simply.
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For those behind the installation, the news hit hard. Musician Kai Campos, one half of electronic music duo Mount Cambie, said he was “heartbroken” when the wind blew at least two of the orbs loose.
He said the team responsible for it was “prepared for bad weather and strong winds but the incident happened unfortunately.”