SANTIAGO – Authorities have put up tactile versions of some of its street art in the Chilean capital city, with the aim of bringing art to all people
“Manos a la pared”, the first circuit of murals for the blind, was inaugurated on Tuesday in capital Santiago.
Although such representations of artwork are common in museums and art galleries, this is the first time this city has created them for street art and murals.
Through touch panels and an audio description of the works through an electronic application, blind people can now access six murals installed in Barrio Lastarria, one of the most tourist areas of Santiago.
Lanzamiento de Manos a la Pared iniciativa de Asociación para la Cultura Inclusiva Mu.Cho y @Muni_Stgo que busca entregar acceso al arte a personas ciegas través de geolocalización, audiodescripción y placas podotáctiles en murales Barrio Lastarria @MAVIchile @Senadis_RM pic.twitter.com/qBVxZiGdJH
— Senadis Chile (@senadis_gob) July 11, 2018
One of them is “La Debutante”, by the famous Chilean artist Roberto Matta, located at the entrance to the Museum of Visual Arts (MAVI). To one side of the mural, a tactile plate was installed that represents a scale translation of the surrealist artist’s work, together with a description in Braile language.
The circuit covers several blocks around this neighborhood near the center of Santiago and includes works such as “El jugador del palín”, by Francisco Maturana, or “Ganza”, by Javier Barriga.
In Chile, according to the II National Study on Disability, 16.7% of the population is visually-impaired or blind, equivalent to some 2.8 million people.
Forty three percent of them declare severe or extreme difficulty to see without optical glasses or lenses, which prevents them from exercising their right to access, know and participate in a large part of the country’s cultural activities.