April 30th, 2007
Photo courtesy of yoyolabellut
Photo courtesy of jcipriano
Dumbo is known for its street art, installations, and galleries. But not everyone knows that Space Invader has visited Dumbo (he lives in Paris) and has at least two street installations in the near vicinity. Space Invader is not a conventional graffiti artist. He’s been creating high quality mosaic tiles of video game icons, mostly Toshiro Nishikadoâ€™s Space Invader (1978) since 1998. But the tiles are hidden around the world, often in places with famous views. He’s invaded several areas in NYC, including Dumbo, Williamsburg, and SoHo. According to a LA Weekly article, 80 to 90 percent of his outdoor pieces are still intact.:
“He has been arrested many times, but skirts trouble for the most part by playing it cool. His philosophy is that heâ€™s â€œleaving a gift to the city,â€ and whoâ€™s to say heâ€™s not? Each piece is as meticulously recorded and planned as it is created…”
There’s no doubt that he’s planning several more New York invasions in the near future (according to his newsletters), but he won’t say when or where it will happen. He wants people to discover them and send in photos or post them on the flickr pool. Some of them have been posted on his website. He’s made space invader so popular that there are even space invader baby t-shirts. On my trips to Tokyo and Paris this year, I’ve found one or two space invaders by chance. Have you seen any others in NYC?
Brooklyn Bridge Space Invaders, Photo courtesy of insky
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