I think it’s safe to say that most street art fans know who Invader is and can identify his work on sight. But for those who are out of the loop, Invader is a French street artist known for his ceramic tile mosaics modeled on the pixelated art of 1970s–1980s 8-bit video games, many of which depict the titular aliens from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders. His work is in every major city around the globe, and I see it on the streets of NYC all the time. Invader’s simplest works look exactly like the tile mosaic you see above, but that colorful little guy is actually a customized air vent that I saw at the recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). It is a pretty genius design, if you ask me.
The company that makes these vents is called Aria Vent and this model is a version of their Aria Lite line. It’s made from high quality plastic, to be more affordable, and its minimalist design (the vent is just the tiny black rectangle you see in the middle of the mosaic) means that it is almost invisible to the eye. Aria Vents are a smart solution for the home that has children or pets. They are designed to catch items that kids can drop down air ducts, and they’re also flat, with no crevices that pet tags could get caught in.
This unit can be retrofitted and installed on any finished surface. Customers can also use their surface material to customize vent. This street art tile mosaic vent design would be ideally suited to the home of any art lover! Find out more about Aria Vents at their website, Aria Vent Dot Com!
Pop Culture-themed Tile Mosaics by the French Street Artist known as Invader can be found all over the city, if you know to look up, and aren’t always staring at your fucking phone.
This one of a diminutive Spiderman, captured in the process of scaling the side of a building, adorns the front façade of what used to be a bank, located on the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue and St. Marks Place in NYCs east village. I believe it has been there since late 2015.
There’s cheap but reliable BBQ restaurant just across the street. And just around the corner to the right, you’ll see these familiar buildings.
If you know where to look, you can find dozens of tile mosaic artworks by French street artist Invader all over Manhattan, including this one of Leonardo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which sits above Williamsburg Pizza at the corner of Broome and Allen Streets.
During his recent NYC residency which saw him eventually get arrested, the French Street Artist known as Invader put up this 8-Bit Andy Warhol on the side of the Standard Hotel on Third Avenue (Cooper Square) at East 5th Street. Nice.