[Art_beyond_sight_theory_and_research] art and health, 3D braille maps,
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Reader responds: 'Art does matter every day'
/I wish more people could see the ripple effect that art plays in our
/As an artist, I have worked with Alzheimer patients, the blind,
developmentally delayed and physically affected adults, not to mention
the many children I have taught./
/I have personally witnessed the transformation in the mindset of some
who have life's most challenging moments thrust upon them. I believe
that the process of creating something with one's own mind and hands is
indispensable to a healthy state. Art heals./
Smart glasses producing 3D braille maps could help blind people navigate
Glasses with cameras and other sensors more commonly found in robots
could soon be used to help the blind navigate, using a tactile display
to create a three-dimensional braille map of the person's surroundings.
It's the idea of Professor Edwige Pissaloux, a researcher at Institut
des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR) in Paris, which is also
home to one of the teams contributing to the child-like robot iCub
PLAINSBORO: Art to be part of healing process at hospital
While the shelves will be fully stocked with bandages, gauze and tape to
heal wounds as patients come for treatments at the new University
Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, all will be exposed to one
universal therapy --- artwork.
Installing artwork in hospitals is a growing trend across the United
States, as a growing body of research shows art has healing powers.
"Our job is to improve the patients experience here or anything that
improves their clinical outcome is our job to provide," said Barry
Rabner, CEO of Princeton HealthCare System. "It's not just X-rays and
MRIs, it's also art."
"We have some watercolors that were done by a quadriplegic man who holds
the brush in his teeth and we have two sculptures that were done by a
Princeton man (Gordon Gund) who also happens to be blind," said Mr.
Rabner. "There's one he describes to be a salmon, it's curved and the
head and tail are near are each other, and I asked Mr. Gund how he did
that, and he said he went to the fish market and bought a salmon and
felt it and manipulated it and bent it to understand how it should look
and what the natural curve is to it. It's remarkable."
A renowned sculptor and Princetonian, Mr. Gund -- the former majority
owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team -- lost his sight more than 40
years ago from retinitis pigmentosa.
"I am very excited that the University Medical Center of Princeton at
Plainsboro owns two of my sculptures and will have them on display there
for years to come," said Mr. Gund, whose bronze sculptures will be
located in the meditation garden and the Cancer Treatment Center's
reflection pool. "I hope that viewing them and touching them will
provide a calming, pleasing diversion to patients, their families and
"While I've sold some of my sculptures, I'm a long way from being a
professional artist. First and foremost, I do it because I really enjoy
it. It is real therapy for me to take images from my mind and turn them
into something tangible with my hands. It is then especially satisfying
if they are pleasing to others to touch and to see," said Mr. Gund. "Art
is very healing to me both in enjoying the work of others and in
creating it myself.
Students from Overbrook School for the Blind participate in an Art-Reach
clay workshop. Kayte Connelly, owner of Best Principled Solutions,
serves on the Art-Reach board.
Ardent art show
Bob Vogel didn't win any cash for his stained glass submission "Summer
in Colorado." But the image depicting a woman of satin countenance
looking over her shoulder was selected for the final exhibit.
The color-blind artist whose wife had to choose the richly colored glass
for him said the public exposure is just as well. The artisan owns
Stained Glass Studio in St. Peter and said he decided to participate in
the exhibit for the first time to seek new audiences for his work.
"I'm trying to market myself a little more," he said.
Blind potter passes on legacy to son
VADODARA: Being blind is not a handicap for 60-year-old Kanti Prajapati
when it comes to making artistic pottery items. Prajapati does this with
his deft hands and has even trained his son in doing so.
Prajapai had become famous after it came to light that he worked like
any other potter despite being blind. Bollywood actor Farooq Sheikh,
too, was impressed by his skills and gave him Rs 1 lakh about 10 yeas
ago. Like many other potters, Prajapati stays in Kumbharwada locality in
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