Artist Uses Tape to Create Fluorescent 3D-Like Installations

Arts & Culture

Artist Aakash Nihalani uses materials like tape, plastics, magnets and wood to create his street art.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 21 july 2014

Brooklyn-based artist Aakash Nihalani creates street art featuring two-dimensional geometric shapes and lines that create a kind of optical illusion by making them appear three-dimensional.

Nihalani uses materials like tape, magnets, plastics, and wood to create fluorescent geometric shapes – isometric squares and rectangles – that look like they have been digitally incorporated into the real world. The artist also uses a live model or two to clearly present the optical illusions behind his street art installations. When there is a live person interacting with the installation, it becomes clear how the art work creates a new kind of space that adds an element of playfulness and whimsy into the existing physical area.

The geometric shapes take an anthropomorphic appearance, crafting the vibrant shapes in such a way that they appear to jump from the surface, defying their two-dimensional constraints.

Nihalani places his graphic street art installations around New York to highlight different aspects of the city that most people don’t pay a lot of attention to. The artist creates his street art on the sides of buildings, on walls, sideways, doorways, among others.

On his website, Nihalani writes,

For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely, and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.

Nihalani also creates indoor installations that feature the same principles as his fluorescent street art. The artist’s paintings and sculptures are also mostly mixed media art that are made of the same materials like acrylic, corrugated plastic, wood, magnets and tape.

Nihalani keeps a portfolio of his work on his official website and also posts images of his art pieces on his Tumblr blog Eye Scream Sunday.

View some of his work below.

Aakash Nihalani



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