The blind can “see” art now, thanks to computer programming.
It’s happening at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, Austria, which houses a world-famous painting called “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. In person, the painting depicts a couple’s embrace using a brilliant collision of patterns and elements rendered in bright gold. Up until now, this modern masterpiece was unavailable for the visually impaired to enjoy.
A 3D rendering of the painting was recently produced that reproduced the artwork in relief. The intricate detail created by a complex milling machine allows the blind to run their fingers over the artwork and create a picture in their head of what it might look like.