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French Street Artist Invader Hits San Diego

Above: A Space Invader character on the side of The Art Center at 12th Ave. and G St. in downtown San Diego. It is the work of French street artist Invader. Photo by Claire Caraska.

Keep an eye out for brightly colored space invaders in downtown San Diego.

The French street artist Invader has been pasting his Space Invader-inspired tile characters in cities all over the world since the late 90s, and last week they showed up in San Diego.

Another work by Invader in downtown San Diego, at State and Grape Streets in Little Italy. Photo by Claire Caraska.
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Above: Another work by Invader in downtown San Diego, at State and Grape Streets in Little Italy. Photo by Claire Caraska.

Invader was here preparing for MCASD's summer exhibit "Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape." He is one of 20 street artists from 8 different countries featured in the exhibit.

Invader is also in the recent Banksy film "Exit Through The Gift Shop" (as Thierry Guetta's cousin), currently playing at Landmark's Hillcrest cinemas.

Some San Diego building owners gave permission for Invader to affix his mosaic tiles to the side of their building. But, like a true street artist, he also took liberties with walls throughout the city. Other locations where Invader's work can be seen are:

This piece is on MCASD's David C. Copley Building at 1100 Kettner Blvd. Photo by Claire Caraska.
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Above: This piece is on MCASD's David C. Copley Building at 1100 Kettner Blvd. Photo by Claire Caraska.

C St and 6th Ave, the Scripps building.

The California Theater, 4th Ave and C St (North side of the building facing the parking lot).

Horton Plaza: On Level 1 near Banana Republic, adjacent to escalator that goes up to Louis Vuitton and on the blue “bridge” in the middle of the shopping center between the middle two levels.

City College, on the "M" building.

Don't forget to look up when you're walking around the city. Building corners and rooftops are being invaded.

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