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These 3D-Printed Pictures Could Help the Blind Experience Classic Art

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The majority of the world’s most famous artworks lie on two-dimensional canvas, which makes them impossible for the visually impaired to enjoy. But a team from Helsinki is trying to change that, with 3D-printed versions of famous works, that blind people can touch and feel.

The Unseen Art project is intended to make art more accessible for those that struggle to see brushstrokes on canvas. By turning famous artworks into open source 3D models, the idea is that the images can be 3D printed anywhere in the world.


In the first instance, the Helsinki-based team is seeking funding to create a slew of 3D models that it can distribute to universities, libraries and schools around the world. For $30 on IndieGoGo, you can help them along and receive a 3D-model of the Mona Lisa’s face. If that’s not enough for you, a life-size version of the whole artwork is up for grabs, if you have $1,500 to hand.


In the longer term, the team hopes to create an entire gallery’s worth of classic art in 3D form.

[Unseen Art]