THE FORM OF SCENTS
New experiences for people with visual disabilities. A project of a multi-sensory journey “The form of scents” for people with visual disabilities, organized by University of Girona, celebrated from 7th to 11th May 2011 at the 56th Exhibition of Girona Flower Time (Spain). In this case, we design a game, based on flower concepts, which the blind collective could interact with. There were 6 different lilies designed with the particularity that each petal had Braille code sentences on the surface, becoming a flower poem.
Dimensions / XYZ
300 x 300 x 110 mm (6 flowers)
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Polyamide / White
Organizer: University of Girona (UDG).
Idea and Coordination: Anna Cebrià – Visual artist / Research group GREPAI (UdG).
Colaborators: David Font.
Manufacturing partner: Fundació CIM.
The challenge was integrate people with visual disabilites in a new experience for them around the flower exhibition and celebration that it happens in Girona every year. All the city fills its streets, squares, gardens, emblematic buildings of old town with differents artistic flower installations. The concept was create a 3D tactile flower with braille code.
We take a lily flower, as model, and we create a 3D flower with braille code. Each flower with 6 leaves, all disassembled set, like a puzzle. The user needed read each leave to identify the poem, the assembly order of each leave, and enjoy!
Also we create a 3D scale model of the installation space, with braille code. A great tool to introduce all participants at the space and their different experiences.
“The project is an emotional journey as a multi-sensory tour where everyone can perceive the flowers, plants, fruits, … but in a special way. The installation has been thought to groups with visual disabilities and to enjoy it. A three-dimensional model of space will guide us through haptic perception by 3D textured flowers with Braille that allow us by touch and game to discover new sensations.”
A great opportunity to extend the value of Additive Manufacturing Technologies to all collectives that usually are not taken into account for innovation processes. This project explodes some of design and manufacturing advantages for Additive Manufacturing. Using laser sintering process in polyamide, we made 6 flowers, 36 leaves, all with differents shapes and texts.