Touch the Prado Lets the Visually Impaired Feel Art Copies

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 2, 2015
References: estudiosdurero & springwise
3D printers have already provided a number of navigational tools for blind people as well as art copies and replicas of objects with sentimental value. The two come together in a Madrid gallery where blind visitors can feel famous artwork. An exhibition called Touching the Prado at the Museo Nacional Del Prado consists of six 3D printed replicas of masterpiece paintings, specifically designed for the visually impaired to touch.

Created by Spanish printing studio Estudios Durero, the exhibition of art copies is on display until June 28, 2015. The replicas were made using a technique the studio invented called Didu. The printers pick textures and volumes in a 40 hours-long process that will ultimately guide the blind's hands over the painting. After the textures are printed first, a chemical adds volume to the image before the original picture is printed on top.