Lego street mural in Gosport highlights braille art

Two artists have constructed a braille Lego mural to help make art more accessible.

Bricksy, an anonymous street artist, and Clarke Reynolds, a blind braille artist, worked together on the street mural in an alleyway in Gosport, Hampshire.

It is part of the Alleyways of Gosport project, which aims to raise awareness, shift public perceptions and foster a deeper appreciation of Gosport, and its alleyways, through creative interventions.

The artists hopes their artwork will “make a difference and a change”.

Mr Reynolds was born partially sighted and grew up in Portsmouth, a city close to Gosport.

He felt “visually impaired [people] were missing out” which prompted him to create art that could be experienced through both sight and touch.

The concept of the mural is inspired by classic toys, such as lettered building blocks.

“People spend, on average, 10 seconds looking at art,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Here, people can spend at least an hour, grabbing a coffee and decoding the mural.”

Mr Reynolds hopes it will help children understand the importance of braille and even begin to learn it.

“Braille breaks barriers and the stigma attached to sight loss,” he said.

All the alleyway murals can be seen collectively at an exhibition in the Gosport Discovery Centre on 24 November.

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