These 3D Pictures Let the Blind 'See' Famous Artworks

Blind and visually impaired individuals might not be able to see the Mona Lisa’s mysterious smirk—but once the famous portrait is replicated in three-dimensional form, they’re able to experience her face through touch.

The Unseen Art Project wants to lend this kind of accessibility to all sightless people by re-creating classic paintings in 3D so that the flat brushstrokes come to life beneath their fingertips. To do this, the Helsinki-based endeavor plans to create open-source 3D models of works ranging from the aforementioned Mona Lisa to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Art lovers with access to 3D printers could print them out for free, allowing them to feel the visual contours and curves of masterpieces in their own homes.

The Unseen Art Project recently launched a crowdfunding project to supply universities, libraries, and schools across the world with 3D models. Eventually, they want to print out a whole tactile gallery of well-known paintings. For $30, you can help the blind see Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous work—and receive your own 3D-printed model of her smiling visage. And if you have a cool $1500 to spare, you'll get a full-sized version of the piece. Learn more about the Unseen Art Project in the video above.

All pictures courtesy of YouTube. 

[h/t Gizmodo]

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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
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A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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A shark statue
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[h/t Gothamist]

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