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Escadaria Selarón (Selarón Steps) – Rio de Janeiro

These steps are the life work of Jorge Selarón, a Chilean-born artist who has resided in Brazil since 1983. Selarón’s world-famous project began as a simple attempt to brighten up the steps that ran past his house. Though a painter by trade, the stair project soon became Selarón’s main passion. He used fragments of tile in the colours of the Brazilian flag, and says the project is his tribute to the Brazilian people. The project began in 1990 – and he hasn’t finished yet! So far he has covered 250 steps (measuring 125 metres long) and has used over 2,000 tiles collected from more than 60 countries around the world – 300 of which he hand-painted himself.

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