Art: Blind Sculptors

Last week Portland, Ore. saw a sculpture show extraordinary. All 17 pieces of sculpture at the Portland Art Museum—a few animals but mostly heads and portrait busts of people—showed curious distortions, strangely lengthened necks, prominent ears and teeth, projecting lips, bulging shoulder blades, mouths agape. Though some of the eyes in these strange statues were small and some large, all were closed.

These sightless figures were made by sightless sculptors. They were children (average age: 13) from the Oregon State School for the Blind at nearby Salem. Once a week, instructed by 28-year-old...

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