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Experience Wynwood’s first mural for the visually impaired and blind

Written by
Ryan Pfeffer

There’s no shortage of public art to enjoy in Wynwood but the options dwindle considerably for the blind and visually impaired. But there is one new piece now on display in Miami’s art district that aims to change that.

“Unseen: Interpretations with the Visually Impaired”—which debuted during Miami Art Week—is a first of its kind in Wynwood. The mural, created using a mix of braille and soundscapes by artist Julian Smith, is specifically designed for the blind and visually impaired. It was made after four blind members of Miami Lighthouse were read a description of one of Smith’s pieces. They then answered questions about their interpretations of the work and the recordings of their responses were used to create the braille mural.

Though the mural is invisible to those who can't read braille, it can be seen with the use of an augmented reality app, which will also allow viewers to listen to the original description of Smith's artwork that was read for the blind participants. 

Luckily, “Unseen” is sticking around and will be on display in Wynwood (2600 N Miami Avenue) until the end of December. 

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