We all know that when you go to a museum, you’re generally not supposed to touch the exhibits, especially when it’s a priceless artifact or a painting that’s hundreds of years old – it’s just common sense! However with that being the case, how would a blind person be able to appreciate the art the same way we do?
Sure, you could always describe the painting to the other person, but it’s probably not the same. However thanks to a new high-resolution printing technology developed in Spain called Didú, it allows for the reprinting of priceless pieces of art that the blind can feel in order to get an idea of what the painting might look like.
First a high-resolution image of the painting is chosen, after which “the most suitable textures and volumes to guide the blind person’s hands. In this aspect, small details, which may appear insignificant at first sight, can be fundamental in understanding the composition or the theme developed in each image.”
The entire process is said to take around 40 hours of work per image. This is followed by “a chemical method is applied that gives volume to the initially flat elements. On these, we print the real image with the original colours, at a suitable size so that it can be touched and reached with the hands.” Pretty interesting technology, huh?
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