Street art for all?

July 24, 2018—Come close. Closer. See the texture of this artwork? It’s so tactile, with a technique of layered ink and color called picotage, you could practically touch it.

For several years, museums like Mia have led accessible “touch tours” for the visually impaired, so they too can experience the joy of art. But those same opportunities have not been possible for street art. In Santiago, Chile, a new movement is making street art and murals available for all to appreciate, including the blind and partially sighted. Using tactile elements, with braille plates describing the art as well as audio descriptions, street art truly is for the public to see and experience.

Image credit: The Santiago Times News source: “Chile unveils Street art for blind people in Santiago for the first time (art for all)” The Santiago Times, July 11, 2018