SPACE INVADER, the elusive French guerilla artist, has 'invaded' globally with his mosaic tile
Space Invader pixel figures over the last ten years. Affixed to walls and structures on every
continent, they decay with the city at their own pace... in essence a living piece of art that
exists and ages with its surroundings.
Eagle eyed spotters can find 75 pieces currently in the streets of London, one of which mysteriously
appeared on the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms after a recent invasion...
Maps plot and record their positions from Times Square NY to the HOLLYWOOD sign in LA, from Tokyo to Bangkok, Mombasa to Dhaka, London to Ljubljana.
Space Invader Crop Circle
I Googled the internets for images of Space Invaders. In addition to the classic images we all know and love, this one came up. How adorable, I'm sure these people worked hard to get this done and I applaud their effort... unless it really is a sign that we are about to be invaded by the Space Invaders, Futurama style. These pictures were taken at Telegraph Hill, Hampshire on the 26th of June, 2005.
Invaders attack L.A.
Space Invader is not your conventional graffiti artist. No spray paint, wheat-paste, or supersized
Sharpie markers involved. Only mosaics − really beautiful, intricate tiles of video game icons
(Toshiro Nishikado's Space Invader, 1978) − and they're hidden all over the world.
In fact, 106 of them are right here in L.A.: Nine of them live on the letters of the Hollywood sign
and 15 more are planned around town before he concludes his visit. Our city is also the subject of
his second publication, Invasion Los Angeles, which serves as a hip tour book complete with action
photos and locations.
Invader has been doing this for nearly 10 years now and 80 to 90 percent of his outdoor pieces are still intact, he says, "unless someone has taken a hammer to it − I use high-quality materials." He has been arrested many times, but skirts trouble for the most part by playing it cool. His philosophy is that he's "leaving a gift to the city," and who's to say he's not? Each piece is as meticulously recorded and planned as it is created and re-creations called "Aliases" (encased in resin, etched with the time, date and location of the original) are included in his gallery shows.