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La Laguna’s historic church captured in 3D to help the impaired 

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La Laguna is taking part in a pioneering world wide project which gives blind people or those with low vision the chance to enjoy historic attractions to the full.

The city council has organised the creation of a 3D model of the church of La Concepción which presents a unique panorama of the entire site.

The project falls within the framework of the programme of the 18th anniversary of La Laguna as a World Heritage site.

The model was presented by councillor for historical heritage, Candelaria Díaz, along with the author José María Cabrera Suárez and Andrés Guillén, director of the organisation for the blind in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Sandra Santana, regional councillor of ONCE.

UNESCO has highlighted the 15 cities that make up the Group of World Heritage Cities with the title of World Heritage, a recognition that obliges them that their heritage assets, in addition to being preserved, studied and restored, can also be enjoyed by everybody.

In this sense, the Group of World Heritage Cities of Spain, in compliance with this commitment, has developed in the last two years, the project of typological models with a subsidy available from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Government of Spain.

Candelaria Díaz explained that “one of the most widely used tools for transmitting concepts to blind and visually impaired people are the models and its three-dimensional character is of great advantage, a quality that allows observation from different points of view and at different levels of detail, while allowing an overview of the whole.”

The model will be placed permanently in the courtyard of the House of Captains and more models at other emblematic points of the historic city may follow.

The approximate cost of the model was 6,000 euros, paid in full by the group of Heritage Cities. The model is 85 centimetres long, 37 centimetres wide and 35 centimetres high. It is made of a plywood board, polyu-rethane and plastic resins, with a rectangular base 140 centimetres long, 50 centimetres wide and 19 millimetres thick.

It includes details in Braille and a space for information booklets, also in Braille, thanks to collaboration with ONCE.

The author of the model is José María Cabrera Suárez, a graduate in Fine Arts from the ULL, branch of graphic design. He has also done other works such as the Visitor Centre of the Garajonay National Park; the Visitor Centre of El Julan in El Hierro; the Museum of the Descent in Santa Cruz de La Palma; and the Roque Bentayga Museum in Gran Canaria.