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Classical Art Recreated As 3D Models For Blind And Visually Impaired People To Experience

Jessa Ventures

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Blind and visually impaired individuals don’t get to experience some of the things that most people without any disability can, but it doesn’t mean they are not entitled to them. They are just like the rest of us who want to live and enjoy a normal life. After all, everyone is created equal and that includes the right to life, freedom and happiness.

Meanwhile, some of the world’s famous and classical works of art are recreated as 3D models in a project called “Unseen Art.”

Helsinki-based designer Marc Dillon drew his inspiration from 3D photos and ultrasound scans and made them to some exquisite visual art. Through 3D technology and IndieGoGo fundraiser, a crowdfunding campaign was recently launched with its mission to give blind and visually impaired people the opportunity to experience classical art like Da Vinci’s and Van Gogh’s. They also want to relive art and make it globally accessible for everyone to “touch” and “feel.”

“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.”

Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is the first classical masterpiece that has been printed in 3D by Dillon.

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Photo credit: Unseen Art

“This is super exciting, a true game changer,” Riikka Hanninen who was born blind said when she experienced Mona Lisa for the first time.

The Unseen Art project uses 3D imaging and sand-based 3D-printing to create high-quality, scale models that can be displayed in museums.

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Photo credit: Unseen Art

“We learned that many visually impaired people are excited by and touched by art, and are happy to be able to create their own impressions of art,” Marc Dillon told Dazed.

The group aims to raise a total of $30,000 in order to create one platform for artists to submit work in 3D format..

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Photo credit: Unseen Art
and make every artwork readily available everywhere with a 3D printer.

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Photo credit: Unseen Art
Watch the Riikka’s awe-inspiring video below:

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To find out more about this amazing project including ways to help, you may visit the Unseen Art website.

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