A day at the museum can be a lot of fun, unless you are blind or visually impaired. But this is about to change. Marc Dillon, a software programmer from Helsinki, has brought a solution to the problem. Through his project ‘Unseen Art’ he wants to transform classical as well as contemporary art into 3D- prints with which people can feel what the painting looks like. “There are many people in the world who have heard of classical artworks their whole lives but are unable to see them,” says Marc Dillon.
In order to make his vision reality, Dillon has established a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. This way he hopes to execute the project on a bigger scale in the near future. Backers of the project will receive a 3D print of the Mona Lisa in return for their donation, the print can be used at home or donated to organizations serving the blind and visually impaired. At the moment the Mona Lisa is still the only available 3D art. To offer more artworks Dillon is recruiting artists and art lovers to voluntarily help with the 3D modelling of paintings. Also, a panel of international curators will put together an entire collection of 3D artworks.
“We believe that exhibition-quality works will allow both blind and seeing people to enjoy art in a new way, and will lead the way to getting more donations of pieces. Since all of the art produced will then be available on the website for free, an official exhibition can be downloaded and printed anywhere in the world and have a great positive impact.” says Dillon.
Support the project and get your 3D printed Mona Lisa here. Because together we can create equal access for art and give people the opportunity to experience paintings for the first time in their lives.
Watch the beautiful video about the Unseen Art project here.