Street artist Aakash Nihalani’s geometrical tape art creates optical illusions using the urban landscape. He often chooses extremely bright tape as his medium, and makes designs that appear 3D by applying the tape directly to walls and pavement. Encountering his work is a little like walking into a disorienting new wave music video. Which, in a way, is what he’s going for.
In his artist statement published on his website, he says he wants to “highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city itself” and to “create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely, and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.”
Basically, he wants to brighten your day by messing with your head.
Technically, there’s nothing illegal about putting fluorescent tape on asphalt and Nihalani has so far had no problems with the law. That may be why, unlike many street artists who are only known by aliases, he goes by his given name. But, perhaps because of the mischievous nature of his art, he still works very quickly.
Nihalani is considered a local treasure in Brooklyn, but his work has turned up everywhere from Bordeaux, France to his ancestral India.