Two Crowdfunding Campaigns Aim to Create Art for the Blind

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Imagine never being able to see the Mona Lisa, much less understand what people mean when they talk about her enigmatic smile. That’s true for more than 285,000 people in the world who are blind or visually impaired. Two new crowdfunding campaigns are hoping to ameliorate that. On Indiegogo, Unseen Art is raising $30,000 to create a software platform that would allow those without sight to download famous artworks and 3D-print them. “The classical artworks of the world are something we believe everybody should have accessibility to and it should be free,” Unseen Art founder Mark Dillon told TechCrunch. “So we have to build something in order to do that.” The nonprofit platform would let artists create 3D interpretations of artworks by scanning a photo of the original, then adding depth and simplifying detail. Anyone with access to a 3D printer could then download the computer files and print them. Artist Caroline Delen has already created a prototype of the Mona Lisa.

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