#69: Spot an Invader

In 1998 on a backstreet in Paris, an unexpected sighting of mosaics featuring the image from the 1978 Space Invaders game, started popping up unexpectedly. Fast forward more than a […]


In 1998 on a backstreet in Paris, an unexpected sighting of mosaics featuring the image from the 1978 Space Invaders game, started popping up unexpectedly. Fast forward more than a decade later and over 40 countries invaded, 2011 marked the 1000th invasion.

Invader is a French urban artist who came to London in 1999 for his first foreign invasion. Since then, nearly 100 mosaic invaders (and Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Mario and even a Sid Vicious) have appeared on the streets of London streets. You’ve probably walked by them and not really seen them, but let me tell you, you’ll notice them now, everywhere.

Invader 2

It’s become a game to Invader where he gives himself a certain amount of points (just like the game), based on how difficult the invasion is. In Montpellier, France the location of his mosaics were specifically chosen so that when placed on a map, they form an image of a giant space invader character. One of the more famous mosaics that have been installed is on the Hollywood sign. The first invader was placed on the letter D ┬áin 1999. During further trips to LA, Invader has placed mosaics on the remaining letters.

So when you’re walking to the tube, look up, look down, London has definitely been invaded.

Invader of Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious

Invader near Brick Lane

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