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 by Gilles Pandel 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) https://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):
Finally if you want to know even more you will find an audio exchange (in French) from December 2021 with Smy who has a podcast about Space Invader. Click on Already Flashed n° 7 – Interview RVLeb
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.
Gilles Pandel in Pully – who is also a photographer (check here).
I added in September 2021, a page about Land Art thanks to my discovery of the artist SAYPE
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
and again in December 2018: A synthesis of Space Invader new works in 2018. Can bew viewed on Slideshare or Scribd.
The 2019 synthesis
The 2020 synthesis
The 2021 synthesis
My missing pieces from Invader
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). 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
Updated in 2020 on Scribd
Updated on Scribd
updated in 2021
Edinburgh (a clone not Space Invader)
Fontainebleau & Versailles
Indian SubContinent (Varanasi, Dhaka)
A more recent version on Scribd
(see the second wave in recent invasions)
updated in November 2018
updated in May 2019
Wave 10 in November 2018
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
Marrakech – Rabat (Morocco)
Mediterranean Sea (Eilat, Faro, Grude, Menorca)
Wave 7 in the NY underground
Nimes – Perpignan
Northern Europe (Rennes, Nantes, Lille, Antwerpen, Charleroi, Visby)
updated in 2021 with new images of Rennes, Halmsatd
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.
Here is a major update of Space Invader in Paris as of 2020, by arrondissement as well as the most recent invasions (PA_1200 to PA_1450)
Paris’ Butte aux Cailles is famous for the diversity and richness of Street Artists
including the so much waited for 4000th invasion
Ile de la Réunion
South West of France (Toulouse, Montauban, Pau, Contis les Bains)
Scribd gives more recent versions
Updated in 2019
and now Paris with its 20 arrondissements and its surburb:
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?