Though the artist’s post suggested that he was working “with the benediction of the monks,” what exactly that meant was unclear. Invader did not respond to emails requesting comment.
One observer in Bhutan, who reached out to artnet News but asked to remain anonymous, said he personally encountered Invader as he was installing the works with what looked like a concrete paste to a building in the religious Tiger’s Nest complex.
“I was walking to meet my friends and all of a sudden I see somebody defacing a building in this most sacred of places,” he said. “I studied art history, I love art, I like street art, but something about this crossed an ethical-moral boundary, especially as a visitor to another country.”