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Space Invader is the pseudonym of a well-known French urban artist whose work is modelled on the crude pixellation of 1970s-1980s 8-bit video games. He took his name from the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, and much of his work is composed of square ceramic tiles inspired by video game characters. His distinctive creations can be seen in many highly visible locations in more than 60 cities in 30 countries.
To date the Invader has placed 3066 invaders worldwide.
During his Hong Kong invasion in early 2014, Invader installed 48 works all over the city including images of video game characters, as well as Bruce Lee and Hong Kong Phooey, on public walls all round the city.
They were welcomed by the public, however eighty percent of them were removed and destroyed by the government. The city’s Highways Department admitted to removing at least one work taking down a roadside mosaic in Fortress Hill to ensure safety of road users.
‘Wipe Out’ will include photos and a map of the 2014 Hong Kong Invasion, as well as documentation of what it looked like after the pieces were ripped off the walls. There will also be some new works linked with the subject, and a book, the Invasion guide, with the story of his work in Hong Kong
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