Street art is gradually becoming accepted as a legitimate and extraordinary art form by more and more people, but that doesn’t mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art. This post is about street artists and regular people who have decorated something that most of us probably wouldn’t consider decorating – public outdoor steps.
Much like the hidden street art of Zebrating, most of these pieces can only truly be appreciated when viewed from a particular vantage point. They may seem like random splashes of paint to someone climbing those steps, but someone looking at them from below will see the artist’s full vision. If they’re long enough, someone ascending the steps will see the image and how it stretches and twists as they approach it. Of course, not all of them have to form images – some are colorful decorations that make the neighborhood more uplifting.
The mosaic steps in San Francisco were created by more than 300 local people under the careful guidance of a couple of artists. Several pieces were born out of community efforts, showing a growing worldwide acceptance of street art. When the local government first painted over the Rainbow steps in Turkey, nearby communities also responded by painting their steps in solidarity.
Are there any similar steps in your city that are worth sharing? If not, hopefully, these images will inspire you to get your community together and paint your steps together!
01. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco
Image credits: Jordan Wong
02. Valparaíso, Chile
Image credits: Jean-BaptisteYunis
03. Philadelphia Museum of Art
Image credits: rleigh
04. Valparaíso, Chile
Image credits: oueduabroad.wordpress.com
05. Seoul, South Korea
Image credits: Kevin Lowry
06. Wuppertal, Germany
Image credits: frizztext
07. Sicily, Italy
Image credits: Andrea Annaloro
08. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Image credits: jr-art.net
09. Beirut, Lebanon
Image credits: Jubran E. Elias
10. Stairs To The Musical Theater In Seoul, South Korea
Image credits: Kimhwan SEOULIST
11. Stairs Of Peace In Syria
Image credits: Jood Voluntary Team
12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Image credits: justin-travels.com
13. Angers, France
Image credits: Mademoiselle Maurice
14. Istanbul, Turkey
Image credits: DHA
15. Morlaix, France
Image credits: ZAG
16. Tehran, Iran
Image credits: farsizaban.tumblr.com
17. Beirut, Lebanon
Image credits: Dihzahyners Project
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