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.
His distinctive creations can be seen in many highly visible locations in more than 67 cities in 30 countries. Invader has currently installed more than 3,368 pieces around the world. A map on the space invaders website tracks his travels around the world, and not forgetting SpaceOne, a mosaic that flew to the stratosphere at about 35 kilometres above ground (22 miles).
We last saw the French street artist Invading his home country of France where he completed the first invasion wave of Toulouse with ten mosaics made from the colour pink! Now the Invader has taken a short break and flew over to beautiful coastal city of Faro in Portugal.
Faro is the 67th city to be invaded adding 110 Points to the total score of his smartphone app ‘Flash Invaders’. Fans accumulate points by shooting photographs of his work, submit pictures to Invader’s website and receive points for the photos.
In Faro Invader placed 4 mosaics each with the sunset behind the space invader, letting us know that the Invader must chill and take a vacation too, especially in the calm waters and beautiful sunsets of Faro.
Check out the invasions below…
Invader’s work has become popular with collectors. In March 2015, a large piece sold at auction for almost $350,000 at Christie’s in Hong Kong.
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