The Met, the Whitney and the Guggenheim are amazing (hey, new fall exhibits), but they make this whole “looking at art” thing way too easy. Why stand in a room staring at stuff on the wall when you could go on a giant scavenger hunt to track down Invader’s mosaics? The French street artist is at it again, secretly installing new works of art all over NYC. Here’s how to find his new (and illegally installed) portraits of Joey Ramone, Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a Woody Allen mural that's rumored to be going up any minute.
1. Check Instagram. When he’s successfully completed an installation, the anonymous street artist will sometimes post an Insta of the finished piece with some clues about where it’s located. Users @thelisaprojectnyc and @thedrif have been posting some great shots, and if all else fails, try searching the hashtag #invaderwashere.
2. Map it out. If aimlessly wandering around all five boroughs isn’t your thing, you can check out this map of all the new art Invader has installed on his most recent trip to NYC. If you want to scope ’em out on your own, we’ll give you a hint: Start in Bushwick.
3. Snap a photo. Invader installs his art under the radar (and usually without permission), so take a phone snapshot as soon as you spot one, because it could be gone tomorrow. And if you’re lucky enough to see the man himself, you get one billion bonus points and 25 free lives.