Space Invader’s Pink Invasion, Toulouse, France 2016

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 66 cities in 30 countries. Invader has currently installed more than 3,341 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 London with 12 new mosaics. He has returned to his home country of France where he has completed the first invasion wave of Toulouse with ten mosaics made from the colour pink!

Toulouse is the 66th city to be invaded adding 330 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. To date he has 9537 players, a whooping 341800 Flashes and has given away thousands of points!

TLS_2 is the Invader’s 3333rd space invader in the 66th invaded city!

TLS_3 can be found on Saint Julien Place…

TLS_ 4 can be found on the side of Marèse clothes store on 43, rue Boulbonne, next to the Boulbonne Fountain, The Garonne is offering electricity to the town of Toulouse, as an Invader looks on!

TLS_ 6 has a black background…

TLS_8 can be found by the Café des Artistes, 13 place de la Daurade. With great reviews it would be a crime not to try the local cuisine!

TLS_10 can be found at Montaudran railway station, in the Bordeaux-Saint-Jean in Sète-Ville line at chemin carrosse, Montaudran district on the territory of the city of Toulouse.

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.

There are still 4 more space invaders of the Pink Invasion! Have you found them? Drop your comments in the FB comment box below!

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Photo credit Space Invader




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