The images below are of handrails. A common object seen alongside many stairwells and inclines, a common object that I use everyday. But the below handrails are different from what I have come to expect as a handrail. On their top-side is text written in grade one Braille. I found this subtle change to a familiar object thought provoking.

It lets me see that a handrail can be used for something other than support. With just a slight, subtle change:

Now it’s an object that makes me remember that there are people different from me, that not every one has sight.

Now it’s an object that can convey an aesthetic experience through touch.

Now it’s an object that can communicate.

Braille handrail

Braille handrail

Braille Rail @ http://www.adornequip.co.uk/mag.htm

Image one @ http://www.adornequip.co.uk/brail1.jpg

Image two @ http://www.adornequip.co.uk/pp3536.jpg

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