One of the first rules of museums is that ‘you can look but you can’t touch,’ the priceless works of art. But what about the blind and visually impaired community who couldn’t experience creative brushstrokes on canvases? The Unseen Art Project is a creative initiative by Helsinki-based designer Marc Dillon to let the blind people experience the classic artwork that most of us with vision might overlook.
Dillon has teamed up with the operating system maker ‘Jolla’ to create 3D printed replicas of world-renowned masterpieces that can be actually touched and felt by those, who want to appreciate real artwork, but don’t have ability to do so.
Imagine not knowing what Mona Lisa’s smile looks like, or Van Gogh’s sunflowers. Imagine you heard people talking about them and knew they existed, but could never experience them for yourself. For the millions of people who are blind, that’s a reality.
The creative designer has brilliantly tried to change the harsh truth for the blind and made artistic masterpieces accessible for them like never before. The 3D printed models are created by scanning high-resolution photographs of many different famous paintings. Further, the designers have used 3D modeling software to create a multidimensional interpretation of each piece, which is sculpted with fine tactile details. So, the blind can ‘see’ the unseen art that has been remained out of their reach for so long.
Unseen Art is currently running an Indiegogo campaign for an initial amount $30,000. You can help the team by backing their project for $30 and get yourself a touchable Mona Lisa’s face. In case you want the full-sized 3D printed painting of Mona Lisa, then you need to shell out $1,500.
It is certainly a great start to bring art into the life of visually impaired, and in future the team is hoping to create an entire gallery that will be including all paintings in 3D form.