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ONLY ON 3: Wilmington man with unique challenge commemorates Titanic with art

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s hard to believe that 100 years ago this weekend, the Titanic sunk in the cold waters of the Atlantic. An autistic Wilmington man is commemorating the event with art, and says his disability is the last thing on his mind.

This is Rachard McIntyre’s way of remembering the Titanic. If you look closely, you can read the history of the great ship, every detail leading up to its sinking. Each word serves as Rachard’s way of drawing it. It’s called word design.

“A lot of people know what happened to the Titanic,” McIntyre said. “It was one of the world’s greatest tragedies.”

Rachard has completed several other historical word design pieces, including one of the Battleship and two commemorating those who died on 9/11.

“I like history,” he said. “I like to read about different events that happened, so that’s why I do these commemoration projects.”

31-year old Rachard has Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism, but his disability in no way defines him. His extensive portraits of celebrities and word play designs speak for themselves.

“People with autistic disabilities could be more successful like ordinary people who are successful,” McIntyre says. “They can have their own goals just like average people.”

Rachard’s word design piece on the Twin Towers has been sent to the White House and sold all over the country. He sells prints of several of his pieces including the “In Memory of the Titanic” at the farmers market along the Wilmington riverfront every other Saturday. For more information you can go to his website at rachardmcintyre.com.

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