Invader “4000” Opens in Paris with Exhibition and Mosaic Encyclopedia

Janice K. Johnson

Infusing meaning into numbers is one way to identify benchmarks, recognizing that time takes us forward regardless of our intentions. For street artist Space Invader, the act of recording and cataloging his two-decade Space Invaders project “is very much an ongoing meta-work, constantly expanding and transforming.”

Marking that passage of time and his seemingly indefatigable dedication to it around the world, the artist releases “4000”, his new book – and accompanying exhibition – that celebrates the completion of 4,000 installed mosaics.

So committed he has been to installing his work on the street since beginning at the end of the previous century, he now says his ‘invasions’ are more than an organized string of occurrences across the urban face of our cities in multiple continents. “More than just a simple artistic practice, my Space Invaders project has been a huge part of my life for over twenty years,” he says. “Some might even call it a lifestyle.”

Invader is pleased to have his first Parisian solo show since 2011 at Over The Influence Gallery. Opening this past weekend, the show runs until January 22, 2023 – and because of the popularity of this enigmatic street artist, you’ll need to book a ticket to see it.

True fans of his art will want to find the works they are familiar with in their city, pawing through the pages to learn its corresponding number, which Invader has devotedly recorded during his two decades of invasions. 4,000 mosaics across five continents is ambitious enough, but it is astounding to think that the artist also created meticulous documentation from 1998-2021 – resulting in what is, in his own words, “a true encyclopedia.”

Invader. Bilbao, Spain. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Hong Kong. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Manhattan, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Manhattan, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Brooklyn, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Brooklyn, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Brooklyn, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Manhattan, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Manhattan, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Manhattan, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader. Manhattan, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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