Space Invader London street art tour
Shorditch in London seems to be a mecca for street artists and it is one of over 60 cities in 30 different countries around the world that has been ‘invaded’ by the prolific urban artist Space Invader. By far one of the best ways to make sure you don’t miss any of Space Invaders 20 to 30 unique and distinctive mosaic art pieces scattered inconspicuously around the streets of Shorditch is to take a London street art tour with londongraffititours.com. He calls his pieces invasions and his Invaders come in all different sizes, some are huge and easy to spot but the majority are very small and often found lurking low down in corners or high up above a street signs, hiding in plain sight and London Graffiti Tours knows where in Shorditch they all are.
Space Invader is the very apt pseudonym taken by a French street artist whose work is inspired by the arcade game graphics of the same name. His art is created using square ceramic tiles to produce mosaic designs that mimic the style of the 8-bit video games of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Every Invader is completely unique and while most are infused with a cultural message, such as a dig at today’s Big Brother CCTV society, some are purely for fun using iconic images like Super Mario or Star Wars.
A self-professed hacker of public spaces, Invader uses the streets as his canvas as he believes that art galleries and museums are not easily accessible to everybody. This way he is deliberately making his work as public as possible for ordinary people to enjoy on a daily basis and although it may seem like it to the casual observer, the sites for his Invaders are not random. Each site is actually carefully researched (very often with local support) and is chosen for its aesthetic and conceptual positioning. Space Invader does not always go for the highest visibility options either, many of his Invaders are on less prominent sites which makes the ‘hunt’ for them even more challenging. He believes that “A spot is like a revelation… it jumps out at you”
For the past 10 years or so Space Invader has also been working on another project that he calls “Rubikcubism” which exclusively uses Rubik’s Cubes to create portraits and other images from popular culture. Invader first does a sketch, then manipulates each individual Rubik’s Cube to display the coloured squares that he needs before gluing them all together on to a backing board. His method has since been profusely copied but he was the first and arguably the best.
Space Invader has certainly invaded the world with his ideas, originality and talent. His Invaders sometimes fun, sometimes tongue in cheek, sometimes blatant commentary on the world we live in, but always a pleasure to find. Why not take a London Graffiti Tour and see some of his amazing Invaders for yourself? www.londongraffititours.com