Art | December 1, 2015
Most of us have seen classic works of art like the Mona Lisa, if not in person than in books and prints. However, for those who can't see, enjoying art is virtually impossible -- until now, that is.
The Unseen Art Project is a new opportunity for blind and visually impaired people to experience art, not with their eyes but with their hands. With the help of 3D technology, the Unseen Art Project has created replicas of masterpieces that can be touched instead of seen, allowing the person to feel the shapes, ridges, and contours of the work. More about this story in the photos below.
Here's the original da Vinci masterpiece.
And here is the 3D recreation, made by the Unseen Art Project.
"There are many people in the world who have heard of classical artworks their whole lives but are unable to see them," Marc Dillon, the evangelist for the project, said in an interview.
The Mona Lisa was the first masterpiece created in 3D, but the project hopes to go much, much further.
The project is crowdfunding on Indiegogo to raise $30,000. So far, more than $2,300 has been raised. Backers will receive their own 3D print of the Mona Lisa.
This endeavor is creating new ways to experience and interact with art like we've never had before.