Making art more accessible to blind and visually impaired people is founder Marc Dillon’s new mission. After almost a quarter century working in the mobile industry — latterly at alternative mobile OS maker, Jolla, from where he finally departed this fall — he says it’s time to give back.
The not-for-profit project — called Unseen Art — is launching an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, seeking to raise $50,000 to build a software platform where 3D artists can upload creations and those wanting to print the art pieces can freely download them. Idea being that great works of art should be accessible to all, says Dillon, the project evangelist. The first artwork it’s aiming to create and make downloadable in 3D is the Mona Lisa.
Why paintings and not sculptures, which are — after all — already 3D, so would be easier to replicate in 3D? Dillon says there have already been some moves to make sculptures accessible to blind people — such as by holding special exhibitions where blind people are invited to don examination gloves and touch the sculptures. But not so much for making paintings accessible.