By: Danika Moir
Helsinki-based designer Marc Dillon has started the Unseen Art project, which allows the visually impaired to interact with art. Using 3D printing, Dillon is recreating classical art pieces, such as the Mona Lisa, that people are able to feel. The project allows anyone to print the designs for free so people can present the pieces in exhibitions or in homes. Dillon is attempting to create an online archive for artists to send their 3D formats to be printed, allowing anyone to access it.
An innovation like this could bring the rich world of visual art to the visually impaired. They would be able to interact and understand great works without being able to see it or have it described to them. Many will finally be able to understand for themselves what art people have been speaking about for years. Hopefully in the near future, this innovation will become popular so that galleries and museums will not only be for the visually unimpaired.
To read more about the project, go to the Unseen Art website.
All photos from http://www.unseenart.org