Secret Mosaic Staircase

  • Title: Secret Mosaic Staircase
  • Artist: Aileen Barr and mosaic artist Colette Crutcher
  • Date: August 2005
  • Material: Handmade tiles, fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass
  • Size: 163 Steps
  • If you ever visit San Francisco, you should absolutely  head to 16th and Moraga to discover The 16th Avenue Mosaic Tiled Steps. Not only will you witness an amazing view of the city, you’ll get to appreciate a beautiful mosaic path running up 163 steps. This art work was Inspired by the world famous steps in Rio de jeneiro. The names of the 220 sponsors were actually woven into the sweeping sea-to-sky design and, amazingly, over 2,000 handmade tiles and 75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass went into the finished piece. There were a total of 163 separate mosaic panels created, one for each step riser.
  • Irish ceramist Aileen Barr and mosaic artist Colette Crutcher joined forces, working with over 300 community volunteers for over a two and a half year period until they completed the project in August of 2005.
  • I chose this work of art because it is so incredible and beautiful. The amount of work that was put into this, needs to be appreciated as it was an immense amount of labor. I also chose this piece because it is very thoughtful and unique with a sorry of images as you walk up the steps.
  • Reference: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/16th-avenue-tiled-steps-san-francisco
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