If you’ve been through the main drag of Culver City in the past week, you may have noticed some 8-bit aliens lurking about. Yes, characters from the 1970s game Space Invaders have settled in the town in conjunction with independent gaming conference IndieCade, which took place this past weekend.
The piece is, surprisingly, not by popular street artist Invader but instead by local artist Jason Torchinsky, who was selected out of many other artists who submitted ideas for public works. The installation, entitled Invaded!, brings four large invaders to the streets of Culver City, which are a fun and admittedly strange sight to see in the area.
The pieces are surprisingly raw up close, as they are simply made out of wood (but look quite pristine and almost polished from afar). That being said, the pieces do seem entirely real from even six feet away, as if they were plucked out of Patrick Jean’s Pixels. That paired with video gamers swarming the area during IndieCade made the installation particularly magical.
Also when we were there, the pieces seemed to have been converted into makeshift jungle gyms as a few children were climbing on top of them, inside of them, through them, and any other way they could get on it (as you can see below by the tiny pink feet on standing on the right side of the alien).
The installation has been up since September 30 and will be up for a little while longer, we assume, but have not been able to find an end date. If you want to see them, we recommend heading over there this week as IndieCade ended yesterday. You can read more about Invaded! on the Culver City city website.