Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to a small, and what turned out to be quite exclusive, preview of the work of artist Berco Wilsenach at his workshop in Pretoria. The works, an installation entitled In die Sterre Geskryf (Written in the Stars) is part of the larger Project for a Blind Astronomer by Berco, and consists of 9 beautifully crafted, detailed glass panels of which 6 were on display.
Each glass panel, strategically lit from above and below, and measuring a few meters on a side, attempts to accurately represent a different part of the night sky with recessed, tactile dots, textured paint and Braille descriptions – all this especially for the benefit of blind and visually impaired persons.
I was completely unprepared for the nature of the works, and while I had my camera with me I had not brought a tripod, so all the photos were shot hand held and at very high ISO, so please excuse their quality.
Author: Diaan Mynhardt
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4
Location: UP Experimental Farm, Old Agricultural Engineering Building
Tags: art, berco, blind, blindness, experience, glass, light, stars, texture, wilsenach