This Company Creates Touchable Reproductions of Famous Paintings

By: Katherine Pendrill - Feb 29, 2016
References: verusart & fastcodesign
'Verus Art' is a Canadian company that makes touchable reproductions of famous paintings. For those who are visually impaired, the world of fine art is largely inaccessible. This company wants to help the blind experience priceless paintings by turning a visual experience into a tactile one.

As part of a collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, Verus Art uses 3D scanning and digital reproduction technology to create reproductions of famous paintings. But unlike other reproductions, the works created by Verus Art feature tactile elements that reflect the color, texture and intricate brushstrokes of the original. The tactile paintings thus allow the visually impaired to experience the painting through the power of touch instead of sight.

The project is part of a larger movement to make museums more accessible to the visually impaired.