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Game's on to save Space Invaders art

Qi Luo

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Artworks depicting characters from classic video games Space Invaders and Pac-Man have invaded Hong Kong.

Created by a French artist known only as Invader, the colorful, pixelated street art can be found on walls, sidewalks, street corners, shopfronts and overpasses.

But it may be game over for them soon - government workers have scrubbed off at least one of the pieces.

The graffiti is part of the artist's Space Invaders project, which includes 60 cities in 30 countries.

The artist, who has been to Hong Kong twice before, left behind 50 artworks just before the Lunar New Year, making the SAR "probably my most accomplished city invasion wave."


The artist was first here 13 years ago, painting 19 pieces, and then came back in 2003 to do another six.

"Not everyone goes or can go to museums or galleries, but everybody walks or drives in the street going through their daily lives," he said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook user Douglas Ho said he saw the artworks at different locations "and I think they are a superb artistic addition to the city."

Scrubbing them off has angered many.

A certain Hang Ng said the government spends taxpayers' money to build the West Kowloon Cultural District, which is "a real estate project, not an art project."

Facebook user Jovi Lam said Hong Kong needs better policies regarding culture and arts.

Another user, Karen Ku Fatima, added: "Art should be in our life, in our living culture."

A spokeswoman for the Highways Department confirmed it removed at least one piece "to ensure safety of road users."

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