What’s The Point Of It? – Martin Creed

This is the most fun I have ever had in an art gallery.

Marina & I popped down to The Hayward Gallery to check out a retrospective of Turner Prize winner, Martin Creed’s art work.

Inside the gallery is chockablock with a seemingly random collection of whimsical objects.

From a HUGE spinning “Mothers” sign, surrounded by ticking metronomes.

To a row of cacti.

There’s even a film of a slowly erecting penis on a huge billboard sized screen, in front of the London Eye… which I’ll let you enjoy(?) for yourself, in person.

The best bit though, out of the 160 works on show, is the room of balloons.

Called “Half the Air in a Given Space”, it’s a glass room within a room. Stuffed with big, white balloons it captures half the air in the room inside white latex.

You dive in and close the door behind you.

We went in all by ourselves and got lost almost immediately!

‘You experience claustrophobia and childlike lightness in about equal measure’ says Creed.

Thankfully we just enjoyed a childlike lightness and euphoria. An experience I so wish I could share with you! But photos will have to do…

But it does all get a little much after a while!

So we moved on to the rest of the gallery.

Filled with humour, wit and utter weirdness it’s one of the best exhibitions I’ve been to in a long time.

There’s something truly exceptional about art that can elate you and make you genuinely feel something when you interact with it.

I’m still not entirely sure what the point of it is… and I sort of like that. Sometimes it’s ok to just enjoy something and not know why.

We both wore pieces from Marina’s new collection. Her t-shirt, my dress and our other goodies can be found here…

What’s The Point Of It?” is open until the 27th April and I highly recommend a trip.

Go on, send this to your silliest friends and suggest a visit, right now. You wont regret it!

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  • Emily Kalbun

    What a cool exhibit. I have never ever heard of a room of ballons being considered art. Who was the person behind creating it again?
    emily

  • Natalie Diver

    I don’t know how well I’d handle the balloon room but it looks amazing 🙂

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  • I love how fun this looks.
    Art can be so serious sometimes and it’s nice to have part of an exhibit that you can interact with!
    So… how many shocks did you get from all of that balloon static!? xo

  • The room of balloons is beautiful! It’s such a clever concept. I haven’t been to an art gallery in forever, and never one like this. This will have to change!
    Love Jordan xx
    http://www.hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I love it! It looks fun and enjoying things (and not knowing why) is one of the best feelings sometimes 🙂 It happens to me quite a bit.

  • Those pictures with the balloons are awesome! Would love to go to this exhibit!

  • Genevieve Martin

    Aah having so much trouble reading your site lately, every time I scroll up the ad from the top slides out and fills the screen 🙁 I’m using an ipad, presumably it’s a touch screen problem. Could you ask your web designer to take a look at it? Hope you’re having fun in NYC!! Xx

  • Isabel Stoddart

    where is your dress from? It’s such a lovely colour!

  • Haha these pics made me laugh so much – static alert!! I’m definitely going to head down to have a look. Love your blue dress so much but sadly too expensive

  • Queenie Lee

    This looks so much fun – wish I could go! Much better than the Andy Warhol museum with just a few silver balloons :p

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  • The balloon room looks like fun!

    Love from Barcelona x

    Emma from Electric Soiree

  • Sepideh

    Oh my goodness, seems like loads of fun

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  • sounds like such an amazing exhibit! love it when a piece of art interacts with the viewer

    xx Milly

    http://www.lovemilly.blogspot.ca

  • Lipsticks & Smoothies

    The room of balloons looks amazing! Wish I was in London so I could pop by the exhibit.

    xx,
    http://lipsticksandsmoothies.blogspot.com

  • Nina

    Looks like a lot of fun 🙂 I would love to know where Marinas watch is from.

  • Renae Farr

    I really like the white balloons. I like the idea of half the air in a given space. After seeing these pictures, I want to go visit a weird art museum.

  • Hannah Bee

    Oooh I’m up in London for a lifestyle bloggers lunch in a few weeks so will definitely have to pop in for this afterwards! The photos of you in the balloon room are stunning 🙂 xo

  • I’ve been to NYC four times and I cant believe I haven’t been to this art gallery!! It looks like tons of fun and I always love a good art gallery. I think the balloons were my favorite! 🙂

    -The Southern Adventurer

    http://thesouthernadventurer.blogspot.com/

  • great exhibit, i love balloon filled rooms they always look so fun 🙂 your dress is also so pretty on you hope you’re having a fab time in the US
    Lauren x
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  • What a wonderful exhibition!

  • Interactive installations are definitely the most enjoyable exhibitions! 🙂 Your dress is beautiful too, congrats to Marina – please do some more fashion posts soon!
    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • Me

    booked and cant wait to go!!!!!

  • That does look pretty fun but I can imagine it being a bit scary after a while!
    How long did it take for you to get out?!

    http://www.iamdaisyalice.com

  • Betty Condie

    This looks ridiculous! So much fun! Did you have static hair for the rest of the day though?! x

    http://www.elizabettyspaghetti.blogspot.co.uk

  • This so cool….and fun! 🙂
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  • I think I might experience the claustrophobia, though that is certainly the most interesting exhibit I’ve seen in a long time!

  • Pippi Bartlett

    I love stuff like this! It just adds a little bit of fun into our lives!

    pippibee.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Sophie LovesFood

    Beautiful dress! I just want to bounce through all those balloons 🙂 x

  • One of the many things I will add to my ‘to-do’ list for when I come to London in a week!! *insert me happy dancing here*

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  • I saw that giant rotating Mother sign in Chicago. Didn’t realise what it was! Assumed it was a sign for a restaurant!
    x

  • Libby SJM

    Rose, I’d love to see a post on your new apartment! I’m sure you have some great inspiration on decorating and I always love the houses in Notting Hill. What did you use the developed photos you instagrammed about for? xxx

  • This looks AMAZING! adding to my list of things to do in London, near the top so I don’t miss out! Although I think I’d have to steer clear of the balloon room.. might be a bit too much for me

  • What a funny looking quirky exhibit! How fun 🙂 I couldn’t handle the static from the ballon room tho. Even though it looks very ethereal with all the white.

  • Such a cool exhibit. I wish I had gone 🙂 xx

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  • Lesley

    This looks like so much fun! x
    http://www.rawvogue.com

  • Sabrina

    wow such an amazing exhibit! i like the balloon room

    lifeeofsi.blogspot.com

  • Rosie, this is my favourite post of yours to date (and I’ve been a dedicated reader for y e a r s). I love how these photos encapsulate all that is spontaneous fun, you look so natural and beautiful. Big love, liv x

    http://www.theunchartedblog.com

  • Allison

    I’m not sure if you are aware but your photos do not show up in bloglovin. Hope you’re having fun in NYC!

  • This looks like so much fun! Love your dress Rosie – very beautiful!

    The Macadame. xx

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  • The balloons looked such fun, I would never have left that room!!!!

    Hugs xoxo

    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • pinkschmink

    This looks like so much fun. You both look adorable in amongst the balloons, even with uncontrollable static hair! 🙂

  • This looks amazing! I’m living in Australia but so wish I could go and check it out.
    I would be so honoured if you were to check out my blog encapsulating my passion for food and nutrition – http://mindfulnesseating.com

    🙂

  • fashionsbit

    It seems you had so much fun! love the colourful Wall and the jump 🙂

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  • Offonalittleadventure

    the best type of art exhibit. I went to a really cool one in Brisbane the other week.

    http://offonalittleadventure.blogspot.com.au/

  • This looks like SOO much fun! 🙂

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN/YOUTUBE || LOVEMAVIN/BLOG

  • This looks AWESOME!

    On the list!

    Georgina at itotallypaused.com

  • Seems like you had a lot of fun!

    xx
    http://www.analeote.blogspot.com

  • I just adore your blog and photos!!

  • Yolanda Foo

    Wow this looks amazing! An exhibition that I recommend is the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy 🙂 I think you’ll like it!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Victoria

    Your blue dress is to die for!!!

    http://www.thesoutherntrunk.com

  • Guest

    Wow that looks amazing! An exhibition that I went to recently that I definitely recommend is the Sensing Spaces exhibition at the Royal Academy 🙂 I think you’ll like it!

  • Sam

    Looks like an awesome interactive exhibit! Also, I love your dress! Casual cool for the win.

    Sam
    That Curious Cat

  • The balloons room seems soooo funny!!!!
    I have to check if this exhibition is perhaps coming to Paris too! 😉
    xx
    Umberta
    http://thesecretlifeofanactress.blogspot.com

  • Erika Dwyer

    i felt my heart racing and my breathing pick up just watching you guys go thru that room with balloons. I would not be able to do it.. yuck claustraphobia

  • I agree that the more experiential and somewhat off-key type art is some of the most memorable and moving! Even if you don’t know exactly which way you’re moved… That’s half the fun. 🙂

    ~ Shannon
    http://adashofsparkle.com/

  • Jo Fisher

    This looks incredible! And the balloon photos, wonderful! You look so happy and carefree. 🙂

    Jo xxx

    She Wears Burgundy

  • Wanderlust_WTB

    The balloons were originally exhibited a few years ago at the Tate in St Ives Cornwall. It is disorienting but really fun. Glad to get a glimpse at this exhibit bc I wasn’t sure I wanted to go but will def check it out.

  • Martin Creed is great, he did a wonderful job at Sketch! Although drinking champagne from a goblet made it taste rather odd. I love Marina’s backpack as well – absolutely stunning!!

    charlottesedit.blogspot.co.uk

  • Holly Montagnon

    Wow what a great exhibition, and some lovely photos ! Given me some inspiration for my trip to London of good things to see !

    Holly

    http://www.hollybobbin.blogspot.com

  • I am really, really, really wanting to go and see this – and now even more so! Love an exhib in which you can, quite literally, throw yourself into.., looks as though you had heaps of fun. Can’t wait for my turn 😉 ! x

    ACB*

  • Kristen Stanley

    Your pictures of the “balloon room” are so fun! I work at the National Gallery of Canada and Creed’s “Half the Air in a Given Space” was there last year…except it was done with black balloons and was absolutely terrifying! You couldn’t see a thing :s It’s interesting to see it with the white balloons. Looks much more whimsical!

  • I’ve enjoyed this exhibition in my hometown (Vigo, Spain) three years ago, but the ballons wrer blue like your dress. It was a perfect experience to share with friends, indeed.

  • This place seems absolutely mesmerising! i really wanna pay a visit. And the white balloons – don’t even wanna start on that – incredible! :))
    A.
    http://www.letterstoa.com

  • I went here today on your recommendation! The balloon room was the best fun I’ve had in forever, but I left looking like I’d been electrocuted! Small price to pay I’d say! Thank you! Xx

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