Invader Installs 8-bit Mosaic at Hotel Chantelle Last Night
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As you may have read, street artist Invader landed in New York City last weekend for a tour de force. So mainstream is the visit that it was the Times that picked it up. Nevertheless, the Paris-based artist was spotted last night installing a new mosaic atop Hotel Chantelle on Ludlow Street.
A tipster sends in the above photo of the man on a ladder, imparting an 8-bit pixelation of the signature alien from the namesake Atari game Space Invaders. It was shot at around 1am this morning.
Most of Invader’s work on this trip is actually commissioned, according to the report. So the likelihood he’s arrested again – as he was on Orchard Street during a 2013 trip – is less likely.
These legal works are likely to be out of reach to collectors and thieves. To thwart those who might take down his work for their own profit, he said, he has sought out sites with natural architectural recesses or filled-in windows. By installing a piece in the exact size and shape of these nooks, he leaves little wiggle room for anyone who might try to pry them out.
Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow has become a magnet for street art in the last few years. Both Nick Walker and Bradley Theodore boast murals there. However, we’ve confirmed that the Invader piece was not in fact commissioned.