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
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
Indian SubContinent (Varanasi, Dhaka)
Marrakech – Rabat (Morocco)
Mediterranean Sea (Eilat, Faro, Grude, Menorca)
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.
South West of France (Toulouse, Montauban, Pau, Contis les Bains)
and now Paris with its 20 arrondissements and its surburb: