Aakash Nihalani’s Shapes
Aakash Nihalni is doing his very best to keep the neon colored tape industry afloat during this economic recession. Aakash uses brightly colored paper tape formed into shapes, reminiscent of middle school geometry class. He then sticks them up in public spaces throughout New York City and most recently in New Delhi, India. Lately, he’s been adding cardboard to his medium to help expand the 3-D effect. He always puts his pieces up during the day and has no problem using his actual name for his street art.
Aakash is not too worried about police interactions and actually reports more positive experiences where police officers and property owners were encouraging. He believes this is because his technique causes no actual damage to property, in the way that a spray can or wheat paste would. It is impermanent and can easily be taken down by even himself if the police were to confront him.
An impermanent artistic statement that is eye-opening and fun to look at, Aakash Nihalni’s shapes strike a very basic cord. It is, at its core, just playing with shapes in the street.