With this project for the first time in the Republic of North Macedonia, and wider in the West Balkan region, we will create a permanent tactile museum exhibition for blind persons. A special room will be equipped with a tactical 3D exhibition of art paintings and sculptures.
The whole concept is that visitors explore with their hands. We see through our brains, not our eyes. The eye is just one of the channels through which sensory information is passed to the brain for processing. By enabling tactile experiences of the artworks to the blind persons, they can see these artworks.
This museum for the blind using 3D-printing technology will create and exhibit replicas of local artifacts from the collection of the Museum of Bitola but also famous masterpieces of art paintings and sculptures that can be touched ’till your heart is content.
All digitalization and 3D printing of the artworks will be provided by the experts of GAUSS Institute, who will also train the staff of the museum for ensuring project sustainability.
The tactile exhibition will be showcased as a temporary exhibition in other cities in North Macedonia.
During the project implementation, we estimate ~ 50 artworks to be created/ replicated, and later this collection to be enriched.
We believe that the permanent tactile exhibition will attract attention in other Balkan countries because it will be a first of this kind in the Balkans.