The theft of mosaic artworks in Paris by the French street artist Invader has sparked a public outcry. Around 15 works—characterised by pixellated imagery and made from small ceramic tiles—have been removed from the façades of buildings throughout the capital in the past 10 days, according to the French daily Libération. One was a mosaic of the Mona Lisa near the Musée du Louvre, another was a tiled ghost at Espace Cardin, often used as an exhibition venue.
Locals posted photos on social media of one of the thefts showing one man standing on a ladder and removing the tiles while his accomplice kept watch. The men, both wearing yellow jackets, claimed to be employed by the City of Paris before driving off in a Mercedes with the dismantled mosaic, according to witnesses.
However, the local authority has denied hiring the men to remove the works. “On the photos, one can see that they are dressed normally in yellow jackets that can be found anywhere, whereas council employees wear a [green] uniform,” a spokesman told Libération. “And, no, the City of Paris does not provide its employees with Mercedes.” read more