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Feyereisen Studios Designs Bridge Model for the Blind to Better Visualize the Stillwater Lift Bridge
Model of the Stillwater Lift Bridge uses unconventional materials to help low vision individuals better understand the project
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Throughout the five-week building phase, a number of blind and visually impaired individuals visited Feyereisen Studios, http://www.feyereisenstudios.com, to provide insight and advice on how to best represent the bridge’s features, in order for the visually impaired to gain a better understanding of what they were feeling when they touched the model.
The architectural model builders utilized various unconventional materials, including magnets to make breakaway lamp posts, sandpaper to indicate detectable warnings, raised crosswalk markings to indicate the crosswalk, fuzzy grass, and everything on the model was labeled with both a large text size and Braille for low vision people to understand the plans for the bridge.
“This project really helped me better understand the issues of the blind,” said Robert Feyereisen, Feyereisen Studios. “Providing citizens with the ability to actually ‘see’ and ‘feel’ all the aspects of the project three dimensionally, provides a greater understanding of the project that seems to make people more comfortable in offering their support for the project.”
The model of the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be available for viewing at an open house at the Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd Street North, Suite 560 in Stillwater, on Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information about Feyereisen Studios and their work on the Stillwater Lift Bridge, call 612-910-7268.
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Feyereisen Studios is an architectural model builder based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Having been in business since 1991, Feyereisen Studios provides the architectural community with fine, hand-crafted architectural models and laser-cut parts.