As Banksy’s monthlong NYC “residency” draws to a close, another high-profile international street artist has started putting up pieces around the city.
Invader, a Parisian artist whose works use mosaic tiles to evoke 8-bit video game graphics, announced he’d “invaded” New York this past weekend, and he’s since put up something like a dozen pieces mostly around downtown Manhattan. If they haven’t already, city property owners may soon notice young people taking photos in front of their businesses, drawn by the artist’s colorful works.
Although Invader’s indoor and outdoor work doesn’t sell for nearly as much as Banksy’s, it does sell. Invader is represented by street art kingpin Steve Lazarides in the UK and Jonathan Levine in the United States.
In the event that one of these arcade game-like mosaics show up on your property or someone you know, here’s some simple advice.
1) Don’t panic. Unlike Banksy’s work, street art fans aren’t going to be racing to catch a glimpse of Invader because he puts his shit up really good: It’s usually out of reach, sometimes 10 to 15 feet high, and glued on firmly, so it’s unlikely that a rival will even get a chance to deface it. Besides, while Banksy wall pieces have sold for seven figures, Invader’s works tend to go in the neighborhood of $5,000
2) Do not attempt to remove the work; you will probably only destroy it. Be happy that your location will have a little more foot traffic. That’s your payoff.
3) No need for plexiglass, roll-down doors, or any of the other methods people have used to protect their Banksys. See item 1.
And with that, happy Invader hunting. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)