Seeking Space Invaders With Kids: Paris Edition

by farrah on April 28, 2015 · 6 comments

I had never heard of Invader before my friend Ann and I went to London. We were on food tour of questionable quality at the time, and our guide was pointing out things of interest in the area. She told us about the anonymous street artist known as ‘Space Invader’ and pointed out his work on a corner. Interesting. ‘I’ll have to remember this and tell the boys’ I told myself. You know I forgot. Today I’ll jot down our experience seeking the Space Invaders in Paris so I don’t forget again.

Space Invader ParisOne of the last we ‘found’. 

So when we were in Paris a few weeks ago- I saw one of the invader mosaics out of the corner of my eye. It was a forehead slap moment, and I excitedly told the kids all about him and his art. For those of you that know Brody- my 6-year-old, you know he was immediately hooked and wanted to know ALL THE THINGS about this artist, his art and most importantly- WHERE HE COULD FIND THEM. Any kid loves a good game of hide and seek- and here was a big opportunity in Paris, no less.

Space Invader Paris

The best part about Space Invader art is that it’s just kind of a surprise when you see one. What kid (or adult) can resist a game of ‘I-Spy’ of this magnitude?? Not mine that’s for sure. So while we were in the car heading to our rental we see one and the game was on.

Space Invader Paris

Pretty soon all we did was look up at every building and corner for an Invader. B was so into it- he wanted to know where else they were in the world and, more importantly, where they were in the NL and the US. It became a race: who could see one first? Thus, there was some bickering involved- but, um—> brothers, yo. Story of my life right now.

Space Invader ParisThe street with our apartment!

We came home and since then I’ve gone over his website map numerous times- showing Brody the map where all of the ‘official’ Invaders can be found. We do need to find the ones in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, but that looks like all we’ll be seeing for a while.

Space Invader Paris

The ‘Invader’ sounds like a pretty cool guy, I must say. From his website ‘about‘:

Would you describe your work as Contemporary Art? As a Game? As Graffiti? As Street Art?

(His response): All of the above, and much more.

Space Invader Paris

I love Brody’s enthusiasm for this game, and his squeal of joy when he saw one on a building. L and C are only 4, but they too find the game fun and are also helping look for these ‘invaders’. It’s actually pretty amazing how observant kids are (they were seeing the invaders before I was after a while!). I hope to be growing travelers, helpers and adults appreciative of the creativity of others.

Space Invader Paris

How cool to find the ones in Africa, Brazil or Australia? Maybe I should make this our family expat approved destinations guide.

Have you ever seen some of the Invader’s art? I highly recommend playing this game with your kids on your next travels. 

All photos taken by me.

Lou Messugo

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Louise May 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm

What a great post, so interesting and fun. I’ve seen many, many of the space invaders in Paris, and took lots of photos, but I’ve never looked up why they’re there. It’s an interesting project, nice to know the international reach. Did you see any of the mice in Paris too? I don’t know if you’re frequent visitors, but your kids would enjoy looking for these too. Or the faces- I captured two of those (and one space invader) in my mice photos- I don’t know who does the faces- maybe I should check that out too?

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2 Thien Lan May 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Hi Farrah
Found one Invader near Church St Paul in the Marais too.
Love your post and the pictures. The fist one is really cool with your son pointing at it!
Well done for raising 3 under 2, what an effort, all boys on top of it!
Thanks for sharing your lovely adventures and trips!
Thien Lan

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3 Girl Gone Gallic May 11, 2015 at 7:48 pm

LOL ! So I finally understand what these are all about ! I’ve been wondering for quite awhile… Makes for a fun scavenger hunt 🙂

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4 Phoebe @ Lou Messugo May 12, 2015 at 10:13 am

Such a good idea to make searching for the space invaders into a fun thing to do while sightseeing. It’s just my kind of thing and I bet your kids didn’t even notice the time passing as they looked for the next one. I saw one in the historic hill village of St Paul near my place just the other day and have seen them in plenty of European cities. Now I’ll be looking even more! Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutFrance

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5 Betty Carlson May 18, 2015 at 5:33 am

This is the great thing about blogs — you learn something new every day! I was not even aware of this “Invader” art.

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6 SBO May 22, 2015 at 2:02 am

I love Paris.
and love this picture.

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