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Invader – Pixel King 1 February 2009

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When asked about a mosaic of pretty tiles in Covent Garden, London recently I decided Invader would have to be featured in irishstreetart.com. Invader works with sqaure tiles to create real life pixelated tributes to his favourite computer game characters. His work is littered across the world’s capitals and I’ve been fortunate enough to see his space invaders in Lonon (photos coming soon), Sydney, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Bangkok. The vimeo feature below is an interview with the frenchman at a recent expo in L.A.

Wiki on Invader:

“He started this project in 1998 with the invasion of Paris – the city where he lives and the most invaded city to date – and then spread the invasion to 35 other cities in the world. Los Angeles, New York City, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Geneva, Tokyo, Prague, Melbourne, Vienna, Bilbao, Bangkok, Darlington, Ljubljana, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Katmandu, Varanasi and even Mombasa are now invaded with his colourful characters in mosaic tiles.

The mosaics depict characters from Space Invaders and other video games from the late 1970s. The images in these games were made with fairly low-resolution graphics, and are therefore suitable for reproduction as mosaics, with tiles representing the pixels. The tiles are difficult to alter and weather-resistant.

Invader installed his first mosaic in the early 1990s in Paris. According to the artist, it was a scout, or sentinel, because it remained the only one for several years. The programme of installations began in earnest in 1998.

The locations for the mosaics are not random, but are chosen according to diverse criteria, which may be aesthetic, strategic or conceptual. Invader favours locations that are frequented by many people, but also likes some more hidden locations. In Montpellier, the locations of mosaics were chosen so that, when placed on a map, they form an image of a space invader character.

The mosaics are built in advance, and Invader travels with them. When he arrives in a city he obtains a map and spends at least a week to install them. They are catalogued, and Invader draws a map indicating their locations within the city. For some time, Invader has employed a professional photographer to take pictures of each mosaic.

One of the more prominent places where the mosaics have been installed is on the Hollywood Sign. The first was placed on the letter D on December 31, 1999. During further trips to Los Angeles, Invader has placed mosaics on other letters of the sign.

Invader also works on another project that he titles “Rubikcubism”, which consists making artworks made of Rubik’s Cubes. Invader has had solo exhibitions at art galleries in Paris, Osaka, Melbourne, Los Angeles, New York City, and London.”

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1. Christian - 7 February 2009

This dude is awesome – I’m absolutely loving the pixel art, and his city invasions. Really, really cool.

2. Dave - 5 March 2009

I have been trying to find who this artist was for years now, as i have found some of his mosaics dotted around Newcastle City Centre in the North East of England, Including a Space Invader, opposite a bar named Popolo on Pilgrim Street, and Donkey Kong on the supporting wall of the Tyne Bridge located in Newcastle Quayside, and there are others. If you do not possess photographs of these mosaics i can happily take some and email them to you for your site as i live in the Newcastle area. Let me know! great site by the way.

3. Tashi - 22 September 2009

ther is one invader in gateshead metro too, i really want to find them all for mt art project. does anyone know any more
i think the artist is lazarides

4. Simeon Smith - 24 August 2010

I think I found an invader piece on a bridge coming into Dublin from North Strand, but there is no record of him ever placing stuff here. I have a photo if there is somewhere I can post it, you can take a look

IrishStreetArt - 24 August 2010

Hi Simeon, Thanks a million for getting in touch. Could you please email us in the photo: streetart@wecancreate.org and we’ll do our best to verify it.

5. Legologic - 1 January 2013

http://goo.gl/maps/zEQ7l just read this, have admired this piece from the bus for years. Think it may be in a bit of a worse state than on google maps now though. Would be cool to get a confirmation on it, though I know it’s not listed on his website.

6. Legologic - 1 January 2013

http://goo.gl/maps/zEQ7l just read this, have admired this piece from the bus for years. Think it may be in a bit of a worse state than on google maps now though. Would be cool to get a confirmation on it, though I know it’s not listed on his website.


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