After a visit to Berlin last year, another capital city was ticked off this April; Paris. The first sight we had of anything noteworthy was this view of the Eiffel Tower. The sun had set an hour or so before this photo, yet still lit up the sky, making a great backdrop for the illuminated and intermittently twinkling Eiffel Tower.
One sight that I didn't plan on seeing were the many Space Invader artworks around the city, a graffiti artist that holds a name in the same height as Banksy. I was introduced to his work through the documentary 'Exit Through The Gift Shop'. His artwork became mesmerising to me, having such a powerful style yet strategically placed to be difficult to spot. Sort of a 'Where's Wally?' activity of spotting street art.
This was our first view of any Space Invader mosaics, quietly placed on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim near our hotel and the Eiffel Tower. Hopefully, you see what I mean about the difficulty of seeing his pieces. A close-up image (two above) shows his style of using small tiles and glue alongside the above image showing his use of long poles and suction cups to reach these high spots.
The pieces can jump out at you without even moving, or can be almost impossible to spot. I can't imagine the number of invaders that we missed throughout the city as they don't seem to be well documented online. Just trying to find the locations of Google Street View for the one's I did capture, I have spotted half a dozen that we were completely oblivious of.
On our visit to Disneyland Paris, this three story high Dr House stood out so much that I insisted on going back to visit. I have no idea how and why a three story high Hugh Laurie was needed in a quiet street of Chevarelet, however, I thought it looked great. Especially with a Space Invader spin on it.
This one, I am still not sure if it is a Space Invader piece, in his typical style except this one being a clock fixture. I thought as much to not upload this one to Instagram due to the Le Pen poster so carefully placed, of course at the time I was completely unaware to who the poster was of!
We were searching for Galarie Vivienne, a small but unique shopping centre in a quaint part of Paris, when many pieces started showing up. So many of them featuring 70s, 80s and 90s pop culture references and kept the original 8-bit pixel style. This theme gave them a little more of a chance of being spotted in the urban jungle of Paris, as they were so much more modern than the grand buildings they inhabit.
Even looks down side streets, something would pop up. This one in particular I have no clue as to how it was placed there.
Again showing how out of the way some Space Invader's pieces can be, this one was tucked away in the ceiling of the Fashion and Design University in Les Docks. A centre for art sculptures and art pieces from around the city, alongside a vast expanse of walls of which graffiti artists had covered. Well worth a visit if you're ever out in East Paris.
Our trip to Paris, although I've focussed more on one of my highlights, was terrific. The view that you may hear of Paris as being a city of grandeur and romance is very realistic, the atmosphere created by the people and the buildings in it are something that I haven't experienced anywhere else.