3D printed classical art, by Unseen Art

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A new campaign group is working to make classical pieces of art accessible for the blind by having them 3D printed.

Unseen Art: experiencing art for the first time is currently an Indiegogo crowdfunding project which aims to recreate art in 3D so that it “may be touched, and be made freely available worldwide”.

The crowdfunding team, based in Helsinki, Finland, has so far recreated a model of one classical art piece, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

The project founders say: “There are many people in the world who have heard of classical artworks their whole lives but are unable to see them.

“This project will allow blind and visually impaired people, and anyone interested in art, to personally experience the inspiration, education, and thought-provoking feelings that meaningful art creates.”

The campaign is seeking people to make cash contributions to the project, with the aim of putting on an Unseen Art exhibition, and creating models that could be sent to those with visual impairments.

It has so far raised $3,810 (£2,518), but hopes to reach a $30,000 (£19,833) target. Rewards for pledgers include a personal copy of a 3D printed Mona Lisa, and attribution within the proposed exhibition via names on a plaque.

You can visit the Unseen Art Indiegogo page here to make a pledge.

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