From a literal standpoint, Wynwood is as colorful as it gets.
You can’t go a block without witnessing the vibrant colors that decorate the walls of shops, restaurants, and art galleries of the bustling Miami neighborhood. However, Wynwood’s latest murals go against the grain—they’re invisible.
Unseen: Interpretations with the Visually Impaired was created to include the blind community and is currently on display at 2600 North Miami Avenue. Included are five works by Mallorca-based artist Julian Smith that are invisible to the eye but are capable of being experienced through braille, soundscapes, and an augmented reality app.
“This was an exercise that challenged me to express the collaborators imagination with undeniable gesture,” Smith said. “Visual Impermanence is a concept that drives much of my art. In other words, the idea that human sight and experience is temporary. When we reminisce and recreate our visual experiences, we piece them back together through references and stories. In theory, the blind process memories much differently than those with sight, but as this exercise proved, the outcome of that process is strikingly similar.”
A collaboration between Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, Wynwood Ventures, Miniac Films and Smith, the outdoor gallery was installed during Art Week and will remain on display through the end of the month.