Damn space invaders, the little suckers are everywhere. Excuse-moi? No I have NOT been worshipping at the wine trough thank you. You’d think so though the way I’ve been stumbling over gutters and into fellow pedestrians, for these perfect little mosaic space invaders from the arcade games of yesteryear are high up the sides of buildings and necessitating nose in sky not on sidewalk.
And I’m obsessed! MUST FIND MORE.
But why are they there and what do they mean and exactly how many of them are there and who’s the quirky artiste who put them there in the first place? Well dear reader, in the interest of reporting in on the lesser known quirks of this fine city, I did a spot of research.
Seems there’s over 500 of them in Paris alone, all lovingly created, planned and attached by a French urban artist who goes by the name of ‘Invader’. Having started the project in this his home city, he now pops little invaders high above the urban traffic in cities across the world, then documents this as an “Invasion”, with books and maps of where to find each invader.
The locations for the mosaics are not random, rather, they are chosen according to a diverse criteria which may be aesthetic, strategic or conceptual. He favors locations frequented by volumes of people but also a few hidden locations. In Montpellier, the locations of mosaics were chosen so that, when placed on a map, they form an image of a giant space invader character. (Wikipedia)
I’ve managed to find 10. My new mission has begun. I will need shoes of fine leather of course, perhaps those cute boots with the gold hardware, and that uber cool pair of…oh sorry, digressing again. Here’s a few space invaders to tickle your curiosity. Don’t ask me for their addresses for I was mostly lost at the time.You can visit the Invader’s website and Google maps also have a series that share invader locations. Must rest now, this sleuthing takes energy!
(photo below taken from Invader’s web site)