Space Invader #1 by ultrahi
Space Invader #1, a photo by ultrahi ]

Invader is a French Artist known for his 1978 arcade game mosaics. It’s a simple idea, not as eye-catching as some Banksy installations but just as rewarding when you spot one lurking under a walkway or hiding behind a subway sign. They’re everywhere, mixing a classical technique such as mosaic with urban sprawl. And they’re documented with books and maps so you can locate each invader. The invasion has gone global, from Paris to Mombasa. In some cities, if you manage to locate all the space invaders on a map, they form a giant space invader. It’s fun. It mixes childhood obsessions with art and adventure. It also alludes to the pixelation of our culture. Face time is giving way to Skype conversations and real experiences are substituted for photographs on memory sticks. Pixels is a 2010 animated film directed by Patrick Jean and it celebrates classic 8-bit video games by documenting their invasion of the world. Space Invaders attack cars, Pacman eats subway stops, Tetris blocks fall on to buildings, Arkanoid paddles play against the bricks of Brooklyn Bridge and Donkey Kong lobs barrels from the top of the Empire State. In the final shot, our world turns to a single pixel. The End.

Jason deCaires Taylor

This must be underwater love. Trained in Camberwell, South London, Jason deCaires Taylor creates cities of sculpture scarred by coral and twine.
The unseen, the unnoticed lie below sea level, below museums and art galleries, below the reach of red tape and white walls. The Banker buries his head in the sand while The Dream Collector scribbles notes on a stone book and a nearby Gardener contemplates his seabed. The sculptures of Jason deCaires Taylor challenge traditional views that works of art can not be touched. Both in the West Indies and in MUSA (Museo Subaquatico de Arte) in Mexico, the sea is what makes the man, not what’s on his mantlepiece. These submerged museums are not only wonders to look at but also crumbly comments on how fragile our natural habitats are.

UK Projects: Alluvia in Canterbury and Inverted Solitude in Chepstow.

You can find more examples of his work here:

Upcycling – Gabriel Dishaw

Gabriel Dishaw creates Nike Dunks out of computer junk. They may be uncomfortable and set off the metal detectors in airports but recycled typewriters and hard drives have never looked so desirable. And a Nike product has never carried such an ethical message. Dishaw’s work hints at our throwaway culture and asks ‘where do all our wires and circuit boards go?’
The lucky few get chosen by Dishaw and end up in a New York art gallery but the majority of discarded technology rests in pieces on a landfill site.


Book Art by Guy Laramee

Guy Laramee carves landscapes out of books. He creates mountains and valleys out of encyclopaedias. He renders printed forms obsolete. His deformation of books alludes to the loss of cultures and devalues vast records of knowledge. Our curiosity and our need to classify things has endangered many cultures in the past. Guy Laramee’s papery prospects promote the beauty of the unknown.

For more hollowed-out encyclopaedias visit:

Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti is a Brazilian artist who has been playing with knives since the age of 9. Since then he has picked up a chisel and a hammer and has become a master of turning discarded objects into art. He recycles pencils he finds in the street and, often with just a sewing needle, gives them a second existence. By carving tiny figures into the graphite, he draws attention to the fine details. “Small is beautiful” he states.

You can’t buy Ghetti’s pieces but you can see more examples of his work at:


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