The Academy of Music for the Blind is a highly specialized and unique learning environment for blind children who seek to develop and enhance their musical abilities. With the loss of sight, other senses become heightened. Some possess extraordinary gifts of musical memory and imagery to compensate for the lost sense.The school will nurture this gift, creating an environment for students to express their talents.
Rain creates an atmosphere where one can hear the landscape. It creates dimensionality, allowing the visually impaired to experience and visualize their surroundings. The space focuses on sensational experiences created by rain, including light, shade and shadow, color stimulation, sounds, air flow, textural changes - all which should invoke feelings of rain on a landscape. The environment will be seen, felt and heard.
"Rain has a way of bringing out the contours of everything; it throws a colored blanket over previously invisible things; instead of a fragmented world, the steadily falling rain creates continuity of acoustic experience..." - John Hull, blind author