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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

3-Dimensional, Tactile, Fine Art Prints Allowing The Blind To Experience Art In A New Way

photo: John Olson holds 2D print of Van Gogh’s Dr. Gachetwhile
standing in front of 3DPhotoWorks tactile version.
For decades, creating a strategy that includes the blind and sight impaired in the museum experience has been difficult, some say nearly impossible, as no technology existed that satisfactorily simulates vision.

At the heart of the issue is what technology, available or imagined, can satisfactorily provide the blind with equal access and cultural inclusion to art and photography.

There are 285 million blind and sight impaired worldwide. In the US, 1 person goes blind every 11 minutes.

In North America there are 35,000 museums. That’s more museums than there are McDonalds and Starbucks combined.

3DPhotoWork  goal is to provide the blind with access to art and photography at every museum, every science center and every cultural institution, first in this country and then beyond. The following video helps in sharing of their goals.

For more information, visit 3DPhotoWork at: 

photo: 3DPhotoWorks version of Van Gogh’s Dr. Gachet.

photo: 3D tactile fine art print of George Washington Crossing The Delaware.

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