"Walk on water, never alone" The floating piers at your fingertips

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Walk on water never alone, tavoletta tattile

The project “Walk on water, never alone“, will help the visually impaired to imagine the artwork “The Floating Piers“, created by the artist Christo, immersed in the Lake Iseo landscape.
Everyday, the floating bridges attract thousands of people who want to experience the thrill of walking on the water of the lake between Sulzano, Montisola and the small island of San Paolo, thanks to the modular system of floating piers. The work of art is open to the public from June 18 to July 3.

Elisa Lottici (Idea & Concept Designer)
The project consists of a tactile map developed to make the artwork accessible also for those who can not see. It is made of rubber, slightly bigger than a paper and you can book it by email at [email protected], picking it up at the distribution points. It is formed by a flat surface corresponding to the lake extension, where, under the form of a bas-relief, the Iseo’s mountains and the work outline are represented.

Furthermore, a brief caption in braille on the tablet says: “Lake Iseo – Italy 2016 The Floating Piers – Christo and Jeanne-Claude“. This writing allows the visually impaired to contextualize the artefact. The purpose of “Walk on Water Never Alone” is to give them the chance to explore and imagine what surrounds them through the sense of touch.
The project was developed by: Elisa Lottici (Idea & Concept Designer), Emanuele Lottici (Art Director & Communication) and Andrew Sabadini (Graphic & Web Designer). Elisa walked a mile in the visually impaired shoes and – comparing it to the hearing impairment – she believes the use of a tactile tablet might prove to be an adequate help.

«For people like me, who lack one of the five senses (hearing)» explains the creator of the initiative in an interview «it is normal to wonder what kind of perception, sensation or extraordinary event could represent the live experience of being inside the work of an artist». According to Elisa, the touch tablet is a method already in use in museums and some art exhibitions and it is the surest way to achieve a positive result.

 

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