Street Art

My interest for Street Art began with Banksy’s performance in New York in October 2013. I then discovered that Space Invader had invaded Lausanne, Geneva, Bern and Basel in Switzerland. During that period I became aware of beautiful mirror mosaics randomly placed in Pully, near Lausanne.

To look for Street Art is a strange quest. It reminds me of a magnificent quote from James Salter in A sport and a pastime, about which I also enjoyed the translator, Philippe Garnier, at the Michalski Foundation (near Lausanne). See (in French) http://www.startup-book.com/fr/2017/05/05/philippe-garnier-a-la-magnifique-fondation-jan-michalski-pour-lecriture-et-la-litterature/: “I see myself as a double agent, first on one side – that of truth – and then on the other, but between these, in the reversals, the sudden defections, one can easily forget allegiance entirely and feel only the deep, the profound joy of being beyond all codes, of being completely independent, criminal is the word. Like any agent, of course, I cannot divulge my sources. I can merely say that some things I saw myself, some I discovered, for after all, the mutilation, the delay of as little as a single word can reveal the existence of something worthy to be hidden, and I became obsessed with discovery, like the great detectives. I read every scrap of paper, I noted every detail. Some things, as I say, I saw, some discovered and some dreamed and I can no longer differentiate between them. But my dreams are as important as anything I acquired by stealth. More important, because they are the intuitive in its purest state. Without them, facts are no more but a kind of debris, unstrung, like beads. The dreams are as true and manifest, more true perhaps. They are the skeleton of all reality. I am the pursuer. The essence of that is I am the one who knows. But still it is far from even. To begin with, no matter what I do, I can never uncover everything. I can never anticipate; it is he who moves first. I am only the servant.” (Read in the french Version – Page 75, Editions de l’Olivier, 1996 and then found online)

You will find more in my posts in category Street Art and I also uploaded my pdf summaries on Slideshare, as well as some Scribd when Slideshare did not make possible the updating/reloading of files. Here are some presentations.

Mosaic Man in Pully

Banksy in New York

Banksy in Paris in 2018

Space Invader in the world

A new (and final?) synthesis in January 2017

updated in January 2018

More post articles from Space Invader deal with in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Swiss towns (Lausanne, Bern, Basel, and Geneva), Brussels and Grenoble and my Slideshare documents are here (including Ravenna, Bastia). If you are interested with my excel file with 1000+ Paris entries, just ask me! However, I got a message from the Invader team in June 2015. They complain about the high rate of destruction of their works and asked me to hide as much information as possible about the location the Invaders. My maps are therefore now private and my pdfs much less informative. Sorry for this and good luck to those who look for them just to shoot pictures…

Finally art web site Artsy asked me to add here a link to their page dedicated to the artist, here it is: Artsy’s Invader page.

Here are by alphabetical orders the cities I explored (virtually, i.e. online)

Africa (Mombasa, Grumeti)

Aix en Provence

Amsterdam

Anzère

Australia

Avignon

Bangkok

Basel

Bastia

Berlin

Bern

Bhutan

Bilbao

Brussels

Cancun

Cap Ferret

Clermont-Ferrand

Cologne (Köln)

Cote d’Azur

Daejeon

ESA

Forcalquier

Frankfurt

Geneva

Grenoble

Hong Kong

Indian SubContinent (Varanasi, Dhaka)

Istanbul

Katmandou

La Ciotat

Lausanne

Ljubjana

London

Los Angeles

An update with wave 9 in May 2018

A focus on Wave 9 with 29 pieces in May 2018

the Exhibition at Moca in 2011

Lubéron

Lyon

Malaga

Marrakech – Rabat (Morocco)

Marseille

Mediterranean Sea (Eilat, Faro, Grude, Menorca)

Miami

Montpellier

New York

Nimes – Perpignan

Northern Europe (Rennes, Nantes, Lille, Antwerpen, Charleroi, Visby)

Northern United Kingdom – Manchester & Newcastle

Paris – indeed I covered the French city through its 20th arrondissements and the surburb – see Slideshare – and show here only the latest, i.e. 1000+, invasions. At the end of the page you can also have a look at the individual 20 arrondissements and Paris surburb.

Ravenna

Rome

Rotterdam

San Diego

Sao Paulo

South West of France (Toulouse, Montauban, Pau, Contis les Bains)

Tokyo

Valmorel

Versailles

Vienna

and now Paris with its 20 arrondissements and its surburb:

3 thoughts on “Street Art

  1. Valembois

    Hello!
    Excuse my english…
    What a wonderful work you made with space invaders!
    Have you a map of the invasion of Paris? (a google map?)
    I’m looking for the mosaics since a lot of months, but it’s quite difficult… I found approximately 500 pieces!
    Can you help me?

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  2. Alex Pistoja

    Bonjour Hervé
    A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon your slides and I was impressed!
    I live in Zurich where street art is – thanks to a zero tollerance policy – wiped out within a few weeks or even days. So I’m always happy to come accross of some street art when abroad.
    Next weekend I’ll be in Lausanne and I was wondering if you could help me with some locations of Space Invaders if there are any left.
    Thank you anyway for all your work and help!
    Alex

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  3. Bert

    Hi,
    Very impressive how many you have found! I will be in Bangkok in about 8 days and was wondering if you perhaps had a more detailed list of locations there? I will only have 1 day there so would like to see as many as I can…
    Thank you,

    Bert

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