10 Facts About Invader's Invasion Kits

Written by - Lucy Howie
Invasion Kit 9, Vienna by InvaderInvasion Kit 9, Vienna © Invader, 2008
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The Invasion Kits are a quintessential part of Invader's oeuvre and offer buyers the opportunity to own their own mosaics at home.

1.

Each Invasion Kit can be assembled by the owner.

Invasion Kit 18, L.A. by InvaderInvasion Kit 18, L.A. © Invader, 2018

The tiles are accompanied by detailed instructions that, when followed correctly, enable the owner of the kit to produce an alien mosaic. The mosaics resemble those that have propelled Invader onto the international stage and have garnered critical acclaim from art experts and institutions.

2.

Sealed kits sell for more.

Invasion Kit 7, Union Space by InvaderInvasion Kit 7, Union Space © Invader, 2007

Our Junior Broker, Celine, advises sellers who own an Invasion Kit to keep it sealed in its original packaging. “It’s tempting to want to open the kit and display the piece, but it’s not worth it. The second you take it out of the package, it’s devalued.” A sealed and signed Invasion Kit can sell for up to £20,000.

3.

Space Invader mosaics can be found all over the world.

Invasion Kit 6, Runner by InvaderInvasion Kit 6, Runner © Invader, 2007

Invader travels all over the world and instals a number of mosaics of aliens from the popular arcade game, Space Invaders, onto the walls of the cities he visits. The artist has travelled to over 30 countries and has even installed a mosaic below sea level, with one being located in the Cancun Bay in Mexico, as well as one in space in the ISS (International Space Station).

4.

The Space Invaders project is one of the greatest street art stunt in art history.

Invasion Kit 5 Atari by InvaderInvasion Kit 5 Atari © Invader, 2006

Invader aims to install around 20 to 50 mosaics in each city he visits and the artist has developed a sophisticated points system in which each artwork is given a score of 10 to 100 meaning that every city has its own score which is the sum of all the Space Invaders created on its walls.

5.

There are maps and guides to keep track of the artist's invasions that you’ve spotted.

Invasion Kit 1, Albinos by InvaderInvasion Kit 1, Albinos © Invader, 2002

Invader ranks the cities using these scores to track and calculate which ‘invasions’ have been the most successful. The artist has created maps and guides which contain detailed information regarding the scores of his invasions, as well as the locations of the artworks, so people can track them down and appreciate the ground-breaking scale of this project.

6.

The Invasion kits are the best way to buy an Invader artwork.

Invasion Kit 16, Flashinvader by InvaderInvasion Kit 16, Flashinvader © Invader, 2014

When asked whether it was possible to acquire one of Invader's artworks, Invader replied coyly that the most economical solution was to buy tiles and create a mosaic at home. The artist added, however, that it was possible to purchase an Invasion Kit, as seen in this collection, which Invader refers to as a ‘conceptual and functional object’.

7.

The Invasion kits demonstrate Invader’s desire to democratise art.

Invasion Kit 9, Vienna by InvaderInvasion Kit 9, Vienna © Invader, 2008

The Invasion Kits collection highlights Invader's desire to demonstrate that art should be for everyone and not just the art world elite. Indeed, by installing his artworks on city walls, Invader shows that art can be for everyone, and should not be confined to museums or galleries.

8.

The artworks in this series use the artist’s iconic 8-bit pixelated format.

Invasion Kit 10, Paris by InvaderInvasion Kit 10, Paris © Invader, 2009

Since the early 2000s, Invader's art has expanded from its original motif of the Space Invader into new icons inspired by other 8-bit video games. When assembled according to the written instructions by Invader himself, these kits take on the appearance of an alien from the popular arcade game created by Taito in 1978, Space Invaders.

9.

Invader encourages everyone to take part in his ‘Invasions’.

Invasion Kit 4, Rubik Space by InvaderInvasion Kit 4, Rubik Space © Invader, 2004

By producing Invasion Kits, like Invasion Kit 6, Invader encourages everyone to become an ‘Unidentified Free Artist’ (as the artist identifies himself) and take to the streets to produce their own alien mosaics. The kits are made at Invader’s studios and sold in his iconic Space Shop.

10.

The record price for an Invasion Kit is € 39,000.

Ik For Msf by InvaderIk For Msf © Invader, 2017

Selling for a total of € 39,000 at Digard Auction in Paris, one of Invader's invasion kits, IK for MSF, reached a record price on the 22nd June 2020.

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Invasion Kit, Red - Signed Print by Invader 2009 - MyArtBroker
Invasion Kit, Red Signed Print 
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£8,000-£11,000 VALUE (EST.)

$14,000-$19,000 VALUE (EST.)

$13,000-$18,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥70,000-¥90,000 VALUE (EST.)

9,000-12,000 VALUE (EST.)

$80,000-$110,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥1,280,000-¥1,760,000 VALUE (EST.)

$10,000-$14,000 VALUE (EST.)

Invasion Kit, Red - Signed Print by Invader 2009 - MyArtBroker
Invasion Kit, Red Signed Print 
Invader

£8,000-£11,000 VALUE (EST.)

$14,000-$19,000 VALUE (EST.)

$13,000-$18,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥70,000-¥90,000 VALUE (EST.)

9,000-12,000 VALUE (EST.)

$80,000-$110,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥1,280,000-¥1,760,000 VALUE (EST.)

$10,000-$14,000 VALUE (EST.)

Invasion Kit, Red - Signed Print by Invader 2009 - MyArtBroker
Invasion Kit, Red Signed Print 
Invader

£8,000-£11,000 VALUE (EST.)

$14,000-$19,000 VALUE (EST.)

$13,000-$18,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥70,000-¥90,000 VALUE (EST.)

9,000-12,000 VALUE (EST.)

$80,000-$110,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥1,280,000-¥1,760,000 VALUE (EST.)

$10,000-$14,000 VALUE (EST.)

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