3-D Printed Art Allows Blind People To Experience Famous Paintings

Nov 30, 2015

If someone mentions the Mona Lisa, it's almost impossible not to mentally bring forth the image of da Vinci's classic. But for those who are blind, that image, immediately recognizable across the globe, simply isn't available. But that won't be the case for much longer if Marc Dillion, the genius behind Unseen Art, has anything to say about it.

The Helsinki-based designer wanted to make art, particularly the classics, available to those who can't see them.

Inspired by the recent developments in 3-D printing, his goal is to create high-quality models that can be placed beside the paintings in museums.

Dillion has made use of fairly inexpensive and accessible 3-D imaging software, a sand-based medium and a 3-D printer.

Aside from placing the pieces in museums, he hopes to eventually make the files open (for free!) to everyone, so they can be printed on a 3-D printer anywhere in the world.


Dillion has reached out to artists all over the globe to help bring both classic and unknown pieces to life through his project.

He's also launched a crowdfunding campaign to be able to get more artists involved. The goal it to build a platform on which to host the files and provide a place of community for all interested parties to interact. 

"Creating equal access for art globally is our passion and goal," explains Dillion.

Art is meant to inspire, educate and provoke, and he wants to allow everyone the opportunity to be involved in this unique facet of the human experience.


If you're still not convinced, watch Riikka Hänninen, who has been blind since birth, have her first encounter with the famous half-smile of the Mona Lisa.

Via: Pulptastic | Unseen Art

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