“It’s so satisfying when I take a picture and hear the little sound,” Ms. de la Rochefordière stated.
There are over 1,000 mosaics in Paris, the place the primary pixelated alien invaded the Bastille neighborhood in 1996. The retro tiles have lengthy rewarded attentive Parisians with interludes of colour within the in any other case muted metropolis, totally on avenue corners but in addition beneath bridges and on out-of-the-way curbs. When the cellphone sport was launched by the artist in 2014, that once-private satisfaction grew to become a communal sport.
For each informal flâneur like Ms. de la Rochefordière, there’s a hunter. “I spend so much time on Google Street View that once I arrive, I have the impression that I’ve already been there,” stated Stéphanie Aubert, 50, a journalist in Marseille who’s ranked 102 out of greater than 151,000 gamers.
The a number of thousand mosaics by Invader past Paris are a boon for gamers who journey usually and have a knack for journey. Completists should snorkel for underwater Invader installations in Mexico and attend stay occasions like a taping of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the place the artist left a mosaic in 2015.
The sport has introduced followers collectively — some nearer than others. Denis Gettliffe-Perez, 50, and Mélanie Perez-Gettliffe, 48, met in 2017 at a Pink Panther mosaic within the 11th Arrondissement. “We weren’t looking for love and Invader offered it to us,” stated Ms. Perez-Gettliffe. (They married in December 2018.)
During the pandemic, new mosaics have popped up. Invader visited Marseille in August, giving locals dozens of recent octopi and different Mediterranean-themed mosaics to gather. Ms. Aubert thought the invasion was a bit of clichéd — all these sun-soaked bottles of pastis — however was impressed that the artist made it past the Vieux Port and into the working-class districts within the north.
“It was great to see his choices in a city that I know so well,” she stated, noting that elsewhere, like Djerba or Hong Kong, his artworks double as her journey information. “I’m a pretty bad tourist actually, but this gives me a purpose.”