The invasion has begun! A few weeks ago the Parisian artist Invader hit the streets of New York as many surprised followers awoke to new mosaic tile art pieces. For over two weeks these Mosaics were placed strategically at the highest points on dozens of local businesses. Invader was here two years ago and almost got arrested so this time decided to go the legal route. He contacted businesses before setting up his mosaics.
The artist has built a prominent career over nearly two decades, installing works around the world and it’s always especially exciting when he adorns New York City. He planned to put up 30+ new mosaics all ranging in a variety of sizes and themes – many representing a NYC “theme” of prominent New Yorkers. For the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Ramones, he did a tribute to Joey Ramone (see below).
According to the New York Times, “Invader has installed more than 3,000 pieces in more than 60 cities around the world. There is even a map on his website which track some of his travels, and he has released a smartphone app that lets fans accumulate points by shooting photographs of his work.”
Each piece is worth thousands as his popularity continues to skyrocket towards the likes of Shepard Fairey and Banksy. A small mosaic piece now runs from $10,000 to $50,000. A large piece recently sold at Christie’s Auction House in Hong Kong for $350,000.
Good luck catching him, he puts most up in the middle of the night as he seeks to keep his anonymity under wraps. While most want fame, Invaders response is “usually the anonymous want fame, and famous people seek anonymity,” he said. “I have both. I feel free, both inside and outside from the art world.”
The hunt has been on since day one for many art and street art enthusiasts as New Yorkers are enjoying the pieces Invader left us in a variety of areas throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and one or two in Jersey City.
Also note: Post credit to Leannav and photographer credit to Ben L. as he shot many of the photos. Enjoy the hunt New Yorkers!