If you were wandering around downtown Los Angeles recently and saw a scary-looking creature wearing a business suit and talking into his watch, don’t be alarmed, it’s just an alien invasion. Or an artistic recreation of one, anyway—specifically, a recreation of the one depicted in the 1988 John Carpenter film They Live from artists Stephen Zeigler and Calder Greenwood.
In case you’re not up on your 80s sci-fi, They Live is about a secret alien invasion that has extraterrestrials living among us disguised as rich Republicans. A construction worker played by pro wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper stumbles upon a special pair of sunglasses that lets him see who’s really an alien, and also the myriad subliminal messages being used to brainwash humanity through TV, radio, magazines, and more.
But you don’t need special sunglasses to check out this They Live installation in the above gallery. Given the plot of the movie, the guy dressed as the alien is probably lucky he didn’t get shot.