Tag Archive | Tile Mosaic

Eye On Design: Air Vent That Looks Like An Invader Tile Mosaic

Aria Invader Air Vent
Photo By Gail

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!

Pink Thing of The Day: Giant Pink Mosaic Tile Cherry Blossom in the Subway

Pink Mosaic Tile Cherry Blossom
Photo By Gail

This giant Pink Cherry Blossom glass tile mosaic is located at the 77th Street 6 Train subway station, on the mezzanine walls above the stairs leading to the train platfrom. It is part of a larger wall mural, by artist Robert Kushner, entitled 4 Seasons Seasoned, commissioned for the station in 2004. For the mosaics in this mural, Kushner created bouquets of flowers – from every season – that reflect such influences as Dutch flower paintings and Japanese screens. Most neighborhoods have flower shops, but they are especially abundant on the Upper East Side, and have associations with many of the city’s finest hospitals, parks, and museums located there. A painter, sculptor and printmaker, Kushner has always been fascinated by organic motifs. A key figure of the Pattern and Decoration Movement, he continues to feature vegetal motifs in his works, often along with geometric patterns and architectural shapes. At 77th Street, he gives the community a blazing bouquet to brighten the day (and night)!

Rabbit Tile Mosaic By Invader at The Standard Hotel, Meatpacking District

Invader Rabbit
Photos By Gail

Spotted this guy adjacent to the Skating Rink right outside the Standard Hotel on Washington Street in the Meatpacking District, NYC.

Invader Rabbit

Spiderman Tile Mosaic By Invader on 2nd Avenue

Spiderman Tile Mosaic Detail
All Photos By Gail

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.

Spiderman Tile Mosaic

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.

Spiderman Tile Mosaic Uptown Street View

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.

Spiderman Tile Mosaic Uptown Street View

Butterflies Tile Mosaic in the Fifth Avenue Subway

Butterflies Tile Mosaic with Bench
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to take the N, R or Q trains to the Fifth Avenue and 59th Street stop on your way to the Central Park Zoo, be sure to first participate in the underground Subway Art Safari that’s going on in the station, as you will not only encounter this colorful flock of Butterflies, but also tiles mosaic murals of Parrots, Penguins, Horses, Monkeys and other creatures.

Butterflies Tile Mosaic Detail

Parrots Tile Mosaic in the Fifth Avenue Subway

Parrots Tile Mosaic
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to take the N, R or Q trains to the Fifth Avenue and 59th Street stop on your way to the Central Park Zoo, be sure to first participate in the underground Subway Art Safari that’s going on in the station, as you will not only encounter this colorful flock of Parrots, but also tiles mosaic murals of Penguins, Horses, Monkeys and other creatures.

Parrots Tile Mosaic Full

Parrot Tile Mosaic Detail

Snails Tile Mosaic in the Fifth Avenue Subway

Snails Tile Mosaic
All Photos By Gail

A family of lavender-shelled snails makes its way to the train in the 5th Avenue and 59th Street Subway Station, where you can catch the N, Q or R Trains, or exit to Central Park!

They are moving slow, so it easy to get a good shot on your Subway Art Safari!

Snails Tile Mosaic Detail

Street Art Wall at the Second Avenue F Train Subway Stop

2nd Ave Subway Street Art
All Photos By Gail

While you can’t really help but notice this colorful wall at the entrance to the F Subway Line at Second Avenue and Houston Street, it takes a keen eye to spot the many street artist and taggers represented in this confined space. Aside from the large Skull and Demon Mural (not sure who the artist is, clues left in the comments are appreciated) displayed on the southern exposure of the Avalon Chemists building, we noticed the following:

David Bowie Tile
Black and white tile portrait of David Bowie by Zimad.

Hektad Tile Mosaic
Hektad Tile Mosaic

Gay Empire
Suckadelic Star Wars parody action figure: Gay Empire Homotrooper.

Update March 12, 2017

I walked by today and the mural has recently been changed to this vibrant abstract by JPO ART, which I like much better than the previous design. As you can see, the Hektad, Suckdelic and Zimad pieces are still intact.

2nd Ave F Train Stop

Parrots Tile Mosaic, 81st Street and CPW Subway Stop

Parrtos Tile Mosaic
Photo By Gail

One of the reasons to visit the American Museum of Natural History is taking part in the Art Safari that you get to enjoy on your way out of the subway! Every time we arrive on the C Train stop at 81st Street and Central Park West to enjoy another urban adventure at this fantastic Museum, we find a new tile mosaic that we’ve not seen before. This pair of colorful parrots rest on the stairway handrail, exiting to the street.

Pink Thing of The Day: Winged Pig Tile Mosaic in the Subway!

Winged Pig Tile Mosaic
Photo By Gail

I had to stop and do a re-take when I spotted this little piggy — with wings, even! — on the wall in the stairwell to the downtown 4 or 5 Train at Lexington Avenue and 86th Street. You just never know what you’ll find in the Subway!