Space Invader is the pseudonym of a well-known French urban artist whose work is modelled on the crude pixellation of 1970s-1980s 8-bit video games. He took his name from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters.
The Invader has made it his mission to invade the world with his mosaic creations. They can be found all over the world including, London, France and his invasions can be tracked here.
With his successful Earth Invasions the Invader wanted to get down to a deeper level!!… and invade the bottom of the sea!
“In 2007, I was thinking of creating underwater sculptures. Five years later, after I was technically ready to undergo with this project, I discovered the work of Jason de Caires who had just joined one of the gallery that was representing me.
I decided not to venture into his territory and wrote him an email about the coincidence. He replied me that he was currently working on a series of new underwater sculptures and that he would love to partner with me.” Invader
This is how three space invaders ended up installed at the bottom of the Cancun Bay, Mexico! The space invader sent two mosaics down deep into the water, CCU_01 and CCU_02.
[UPDATE] Two years later in 2014, Jason de Caires took more pictures of CCU_01. This is what it looks like today!
Photo credit Jason De Caires