Escadaria Selarón is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón.
In 1990, Selarón began renovating a dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. At first, neighbours mocked him for his choice of colours as he covered the steps in fragments of blue, green and yellow tiles – the colours of the Brazilian flag. It started out as a side-project to his main passion, painting but soon became an obsession. He found he was constantly out of money so sold paintings to fund his work. It was long and exhaustive work but he continued on and eventually covered the entire set of steps in tiles, ceramics and mirrors.
Originally, tiles for the work were scavenged from various construction sites and piles of urban waste found on the Rio streets. Today however, most of the tiles are donated by visitors from all around the world. Of the 2000+ tiles, 300-odd are hand painted by Selarón depicting a pregnant African woman.
In recent years the work has spilled over to steps at the foot of the Arcos da Lapa.
See complementary photos of the same stairs from other points.
Altered Image #1 (here you can see master Selarón sited in the stair working)
Altered Image #2
Other photos took from the same place:
Colors of Brazil
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sacimar (26201) 2012-03-22 6:57
this is an interesting and colorful stair, I like it, it's a good work of art, the image is well taken with the people going down, nice job,
marina7 (8055) 2012-03-22 9:59
the stairs are just wonderful, so bright and colorful - a piece of art. Looks like the people prefer to walk down the red tiles there:)) Great capture!
adramad (40166) 2012-03-22 10:27
Very good composition and great perspective of this street with these colorful stairs and the bottom mosaic mural is a good and artistic work, with a sensational chromaticism.
Well seen and done.
Have a nice day.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-03-22 12:43
Nice art work on the stairs. Looks like spanish architecture. The colors are very vivid. The image is very sharp and bright. Nice inclusion of the people coming down.
mauro61 (52631) 2012-03-22 12:43
mi piacciono i colori di questa immagine con i due soggetti che scendono a margine la caratteristica scalinata.
Ben ripreso il tutto,
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-22 14:07
Hi Dear Andre,
a beautiful photo of this intresting view and I like the ornate details and the vivid colours, great view, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
Miguel82 (26478) 2012-03-23 2:45
Very nice mosaic stairs
have a nice day Miguel
siamesa (27761) 2012-03-23 10:53
Um festival de cores. Linda foto e uma idéia excelente. Belíssima captura.
npecanhuk (69450) 2012-03-23 18:46
Boa noite André!
Acho essas escadarias bem interessantes!
Sua foto ficou ótima, com excelentes nitidez, exposição, cores, pdv escolhido de composição!
Parabéns, abração e até mais,
josepmarin (57881) 2012-03-27 0:47
la imagen tiene una gran potencia cromática y gráfica, por la escalera y sus baldosas cerámicas de vivos colores y bonitos dibujos geométricos.
Tu encuadre enfatiza su belleza y da una profunda perspectiva hacia el cielo, y las dos personas añaden vid y dinamismo a la composición.
Excelente foto, con una alta calidad en la luz y en los colores.
macjake (60518) 2012-03-27 11:40
In San Francisco there are steps that are very similar to this.
but i have to admit, these are much more colorful and eye catching.
a wonderful subject to present to us on TE.
danyy (0) 2012-03-29 0:58
des deux photos d'escaliers, je préfère celle-ci qui montre bien ce qui entoure ces marches, ces petites cours typiques.
Beaucoup de couleurs, une contre plongée efficace.
worldcitizen (7477) 2012-04-04 14:10
Here's another great view of the Selarón stairs, and luckily the people are walking off to the side and not blocking the view. :-) With this wider view, we can also see the artwork at the top of the stairs. It is all so colorful, and well-presented.
- Copyright: Andre Bonavita (bona) (13340)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-02
- Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT (350D), Canon EF 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM, HOYA 67mm CIR-PL
- Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-22 5:42