More often than not, the phrase 'put yourself in their shoes' is more figurative than literal, but the Dialogue in the Dark experiential installation encourages the latter. Purported to raise awareness for the visually impaired, it allows visitors to experience at least one hour completely without sight.
Held at the South Street Seaport and created by Lighthouse International, the Dialogue in the Dark exhibit equips participants with a walking stick and a guide, who is either entirely blind or visually impaired. They are taken through sets that mimic iconic New York landmarks such as Central Park, Fairway supermarket, the subway and even Times Square. With the sense of sight taken from them, they experience these areas in a new light, allowing their other sense to take over.