Parisian thieves donning city worker outfits remove Invader pieces from city walls in an attempt to sell them on the art market.

Parisian thieves donning city worker outfits remove Invader pieces from city walls in an attempt to sell them on the art market. Photos from Twitter.

Welcome to the world of street art. Intrigue. Arrests. And invaders from space.

The street artist, Invader, has a mission. He calls it his “Space Invasion”. His mission is simple: To release art from the institutions of museums and galleries while racking up points in the process.

Each piece he puts up in a city gives him points in his artistic invasion. He increases his score by revisiting cities and finding more locations to install his artwork. He currently has over 3520 invaders in 74 cities across the globe. He chose the characters of the game Space Invaders because they symbolize our present age of computers and digital technology. While police don’t always give him issues, there are some countries he can not enter because he is a wanted man.

Lately his work has been making a big impact on the auction scene—one piece recently sold for $250,000—and thieves are getting bold about hunting down his work and removing it from walls. Just last week two Parisian thieves boldly donned city worker uniforms and pulled 15 of his installations from the streets of Paris. Angry citizens who know and love Invader’s work, captured them with camera phones and social media posts, not believing their ridiculous story about being city workers, especially since they were traveling around in a Mercedes Benz—evidence that they must have already cashed in on some of their pilfered street art.

If you’d like to own an Invader work of art and don’t want to don a fake city worker’s outfit to get one, then check out this piece in our gallery.

If you’d like to see a really cool video of Invader’s artwork being launched into space and majestically falling into the Everglades near Miami check out this video. Sorry, it’s in French!