Art that transforms cities into playgrounds of the imagination | Helen Marriage

  • Published on Apr 5, 2019
  • Visual artist Helen Marriage stages astonishing, large-scale public art events that expand the boundaries of what's possible. In this visual tour of her work, she tells the story of three cities she transformed into playgrounds of the imagination -- picture London with a giant mechanical elephant marching through it -- and shows what happens when people stop to marvel and experience a moment together.
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Comments • 62

  • Mason Murphy
    Mason Murphy 4 months ago

    So what you're saying is that people really like fire... right?

  • Goku
    Goku 6 months ago +1

    The violence between countries and religions are always fruitless and damaging to everyone in the end. People need to realize that conflict is fine, disagreement is fine, diversity of ideas and thoughts is good. Violence is wrong and harmful to everyone in the end. Non-violence and tolerance is the way forward.

  • S C
    S C 8 months ago

    I admire consciousness wise Helen 🙏🏼
    A Soul of of Action.Inspiring 🌈💚☮️

  • abhishek prakash
    abhishek prakash 9 months ago +1

    Creating moments .. this is so wonderful .. it's not just about imagination or art . It's about people, love and relationships .This holds emotion.

  • Gi Ami
    Gi Ami 9 months ago

    Art, before I turned into 22 yo, was a tool to get a financial support. However the art told me that doesn't go really well with me. I met kinda much pain in my life and the art told me that they are there for a reason. So I stopped doing art for a while, thinking what should I do with my pain. The betrayal, the lies, the remorse, and so forth. I took all the pain without hatred, I chat with them "How can I help you so you can help me too?". From that moment, my pain is my art. I choose to let them be beautiful in their own way and it gives me pleasure. I found my self through art and this video really makes me want to find many things in me. The ordinary things that perhaps I can share with people and make them happier. ❤ Thank you, TED!

  • Sunil Choudhary
    Sunil Choudhary 9 months ago


  • Upgrade
    Upgrade 9 months ago

    The purpose of physics is to bootstrap life..... from there, imagination shapes the physics

  • Beckie
    Beckie 9 months ago +1

    This is just wonderful. Thank you

  • Huyền Dương
    Huyền Dương 9 months ago +3

    Your story is so amazing. I really like the idea and the way you make it comes true. I hope that one day I can be an artist and make my place more beautiful like you did.

  • Battle Cat
    Battle Cat 9 months ago

    Not gonna lie, from the thumbnail I thought it was Eddie Izzard


    Personally, I have grown a degree of eye fatigue looking at "art" on city streets that looks like a junkyard was having a scrap metal sale.
    I'd enjoy this in my town.

  • Gauri Shankar Rajhans
    Gauri Shankar Rajhans 9 months ago

    Amazing 🙂

  • 李卓然
    李卓然 9 months ago +10

    When i hard that'you hurt me and my family but I forgive you'I don't know why i cry.

  • Snowbella
    Snowbella 9 months ago +1

    wow I wished I could have witnessed something like that

  • Lugh Summerson
    Lugh Summerson 9 months ago

    Art is contextual, and the symbolism is wrong in this context. It's culturally tone-deaf. In New Age religion, burning something turns it into an aethereal form. It is a way of putting a magic spell out into the universe in the hopes that the universe will manifest it as a reality, or transform negativity into positivity. It works for Burning Man. But here, she is putting it into a Christian context with the cathedral shape and by referring to Loyalists and Republicans interchangeably as Protestants and Catholics. In Christian symbolism, burning is punishment and destruction. The art reads as destroying the spirit of peace and cooperation, and punishing the participants.

  • Cli & Mils TV
    Cli & Mils TV 9 months ago +1

    Ohhhhhhhh my goodness. This is simply amazing. Believe it and make it happen

  • Mmm K
    Mmm K 9 months ago +2

    Thank you, what a great talk, very touching!

  • old lifter
    old lifter 9 months ago

    Whose tommy robinson

  • Lunareon
    Lunareon 9 months ago +9

    Art has the amazing power of bringing people together and relieve them of their daily struggle for a while. In today''s polarized climate, we need more events like these to remind us that we are all fellow human beings with the same basic needs underneath all these layers of culture, experience and opinion. :)

  • Career After 12th
    Career After 12th 9 months ago +2

    why she pollute by burning

  • Princess Jauregui-Hansen


  • Rebecca Rakuza
    Rebecca Rakuza 9 months ago +22

    I love the TED videos. Thank you so much for posting them and for free. Education should be free for all and easy to reach and absorb, just like your videos and content. Thank you so much to TED and all the speakers and everybody that it takes to make the talks happen! It's much appreciated

    • WeFirstTV
      WeFirstTV 9 months ago +1

      We feel the same way about TED, Rebecca. What an incredible and reliable resource to constantly be learning from!

  • Faheem Rasheed
    Faheem Rasheed 9 months ago +3

    Very heart touching words used by the lady. Only a person from conflicted zones can understand them better.
    But this ritual of burning these art pieces seems wrong to me.
    Or may be i failed to understand the motive behind it.

  • Sean Li
    Sean Li 9 months ago +3

    wow, I just find this elephant is not real, it's a mechanical elephant!

  • Bijen Atom
    Bijen Atom 9 months ago


  • Icare
    Icare 9 months ago +2

    Helen thank you your healing is needed...I felt a since of freedom, hope and relief watching this just as it's meant too.

  • Dan Reynolds
    Dan Reynolds 9 months ago

    Alternate title: how to art wash a city so that it can be gentrified to destroy the communities that live there

    • سعید کلهری
      سعید کلهری 3 months ago


    • Kalle K.
      Kalle K. 9 months ago +2

      Communities are meant to evolve, art is the catalyst in the process of change.

    H5AUTO SALES 9 months ago

  • Luke Guy
    Luke Guy 9 months ago


    CRDESIGN 9 months ago

    Just WOWW

  • Renato Santana
    Renato Santana 9 months ago +2

    This is amazing, so glad there are people like Helen Marriage in this world

  • Pat Ashley
    Pat Ashley 9 months ago

    French Theatre Company = Communists. Aim: to keep the plebs amused and diverted so they don't notice what's going on in their countries with the Globalist plan.
    It's always about "love".

  • tom1b1b8
    tom1b1b8 9 months ago

    How unfortunate that so long ago, one very selfish person, King Henry VIII, began this division. He ordered the execution of his own best friend and countless thousands of men, women and children to be hanged for the crime of practicing their faith. Approximately 200 years later, in France, a group of people who had no belief in God would over throw a King and then repeat this crime of punishing and killing men, women and children for walking to church in the morning (see The War of Vendee'). Again in Russia 1918, again in Mexico 1920's. It is important to note that it was not the religion that caused the hate and division. Their religion mandates that they forgive everyone who has hurt them (see the "Our Father"), mandates that they not only love God and neighbor, but especially love their enemies and do good to them (Matt 5:44, Luke 6:27). One could say that your art gave them a vehicle that brought them out of their tribalism and back to their individual senses of loving and forgiving their neighbor.

    • tom1b1b8
      tom1b1b8 9 months ago

      @uB I'm not certain of your point. Jesus was getting flack from the Jewish leaders for going to a sinners house. Zacchaeus had just finished announcing his conversion. The sentence before the parable is 19:10 "For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost." Then Jesus tells the parable. Everything points towards the servants following their master's instructions to 'engage in trade'. Those who followed his instructions were rewarded. In John 3:17 Jesus mission from the Father is not to condemn, but to save. What the king did to those enemies is the last line of the parable to complete the story. I don't know how much we can infer from it. This execution may represent the final judgement. Those who did not want Him as their king may be all who rejected Him up until the end of the World.

    • uB
      uB 9 months ago

      Luke 19:27. But those mine enemies, - Having thus inquired into the conduct of his servants, and treated them according to the different use they made of what had been intrusted with them, he then proceeded to pass sentence on his rebellious citizens, who had refused to have him for their king; and with a just resentment of their base ingratitude, he commanded them to be brought thither immediately, and slain in his presence, that others might learn a more dutiful submission by the execution of these rebels. The word κατασφαξατε, here rendered slay them, properly signifies, slay them with the sword, and seems first to refer to the dreadful slaughter of the impenitent Jews, by the sword of each other and of the Romans.

    • uB
      uB 9 months ago

      Luke, 19,27

  • eliza veta
    eliza veta 9 months ago +3

    Wow this woman is beautiful.

  • zhor hibiscus
    zhor hibiscus 9 months ago

    amazing i would like if we have one in algiers

  • Torin McCabe
    Torin McCabe 9 months ago +2

    "For no community, but for everyone ... In the end it is only about love ... And together, they watched
    as members of their community let go of this thing that was so beautiful, but was as hard to let go of as those thoughts and feelings that had gone into making it."

    Burn down your nations, burn down your culture, burn down your ethnicity. Those are all evil things of the past. "From my cold, dead hands!"

  • Nico Smets
    Nico Smets 9 months ago +10

    Who is paying for this?

    • Lazuli A
      Lazuli A 9 months ago

      People that do notre care about religion or war !

    • Nico Smets
      Nico Smets 9 months ago

      @Albert Feyen sure they do. They try to make other people pay for it. Nothing wrong with that, but often it's involuntary. Then I'm less of a fan.

    • Albert Feyen
      Albert Feyen 9 months ago +3

      That's a good question! Lots of people like to come up with grand ideas like this, but have no idea where the money will come from.

  • Shimmy Post
    Shimmy Post 9 months ago

    what a pretty view

  • Dina Youssef
    Dina Youssef 9 months ago +1

    Perfect..... But I wish it had subtitle

    • ninja puppy
      ninja puppy 9 months ago +1

      @eliza veta /Dina Youssef
      Mine says "captions"
      But yes you're right the three dots in the corner I knew there would be a way to change that so I hope that works out for Dina

    • eliza veta
      eliza veta 9 months ago

      But you are able to adjust the English subtitle , you have to klick the 3 points shown in the right corner and then there is listet "subtitle" , then you click "English" and here you go.

  • WOOW Me
    WOOW Me 9 months ago +35

    OMG This is really inspiring...I really hope I can do that in my country, where civil war destroys my people sad Yemen ..

  • sajal rajabhoj
    sajal rajabhoj 9 months ago +9

    Awesome work Helen..Loved your work.. Love you

  • C H
    C H 9 months ago +2

    Conditioning the Mind for NWO

  • FaZe Goofy
    FaZe Goofy 9 months ago

    Ted I love your interview about your career

  • Peter Griffin
    Peter Griffin 9 months ago +1

    Check Volume Networks

  • Tanvir Ahmed
    Tanvir Ahmed 9 months ago +2

    Can a life coach such as myself be considered an artist?

    • nTesla
      nTesla 9 months ago +3

      yes, replace can with con and artist is fine

    BAS NATZ 9 months ago

    woww its 2 AM in thailand now

  • Sashu Beaucoup
    Sashu Beaucoup 9 months ago

    Amoo sus videos, me inspiran mucho

  • KimpieLiam Nolet
    KimpieLiam Nolet 9 months ago +1