Hypnotizing Optical Illusion GIFs Made with Tape

New York-based street artist Aakash Nihalani, who works primarily with tape in public spaces, has taken his creative landscape indoors with a new set of animated GIFs that incorporate his signature blend of optical illusion and fun. We’re big fans of Nihalani’s geometric street art which is known to play with perspective using bright, neon tape, but this new venture into digitized motion is another chapter of the artist’s work that leaves room for more imaginative experimentation. Luckily, Nihalani is full of creative ideas.

With color stripped away–working with a simple monochromatic scheme of black tape on a white wall–and only his geometric forms and hands to fill the frame, the artist manages to keep his pieces playful and entertainingly hypnotizing. Nihalani accomplishes so much with so little and his clever interactions with the masking tape creations make them all the more deceptive to the eye. It’s as if he is actually spinning a pinwheel and smashing a three-dimension box into pieces.

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November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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