Braille Graffiti – A Public Art Project for the Blind

A Public Art Project for the Blind – Portland, Oregon 2007

Statement from the website:

Most braille found in public exists as pragmatic directions. This project is an attempt to create a unique moment for a blind person who might happen across one of these bits of braille graffiti. 5 different phrases were peppered around Portland, Oregon in late August, 2007. The visible title is included in an attempt to draw attention to all who pass making it more likely for a blind person to come in contact with the words via suggestion from friends or passersby. This was a strategy that arose in an interview with a blind person who wished to remain anonymous.

One sentence reads: You don’t have to be blind to see that the writing is on the wall.
Another: Tiny bubbles that randomly rose from the paper in this arrangement.

This idea has been explored somewhat, but I wanted to give it my own flavor in Portland, Oregon, complete with documentation that might spark an interest to reproduce the project in other cities.

Scott Wayne Indiana

I’m also a big fan of the American Testimonial project launched in May 07:

American Testimonial is a satirical reflection on the current state of culture and media in the United States.  The project consists of 40 wooden tablets, each engraved with different qualitative juxtapositions of contemporary pop stars– models, singers, and hot young artists basking in the disposable hype and whimsy of public attention– with influential, canonized artists from the last century.

The tablets are terrific.  Here are a few:


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