BEAUTIFUL – Selaron Steps, Rio

One of my favourite Rio tourist attractions. Unique. Quirky. And very Rio. 🙂

Escadaria Selarón, also known as the ‘Selaron Steps’, is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as “my tribute to the Brazilian people”.

In 1990, Selarón began renovating 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. …

There are 250 steps measuring 125 metres long which are covered in over 2000 tiles collected from over 60 countries …

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You’ve seen the steps if you’ve seen this videoBeautiful with Snoop and Pharrell.

(The artist) Jorge Selarón was found dead on the Escadaria Selarón near his home on January 10, 2013, at the age of 65. Police did not rule out homicide, saying he had received death threats. Later in 2013, police has said the main line of investigation was suicide, considering allegations from friends that he was depressive.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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