The colorful world of Selaron


"My tribute to the Brazilian people."


That is what Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón called this set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro: the Escadaria Selarón or Selaron Stairs.

I was like a kid in a candy store as we ogled at the colorful staircase located in the Bohemian neighborhood of Lapa.  I couldn't even decide which part of the distinctive landmark I would photograph first!

Like a kid in a candy store.
According to write-ups, Selarón traveled, lived and worked as a painter and sculptor in over 50 countries before arriving and deciding to settle in Rio de Janeiro in 1983.*  In 1990, Selarón began covering the steps leading to the Santa Teresa convent with tiles of different colors, playing with the theme of the Brazilian flag.  Now, the 200 plus steps are covered with over 2,000 plus tiles from all over the world.  Some of them were even hand-painted by Selarón.  It was an evolving work of art as he would change and redesign the tiles every now and then.

Giant masterpiece.  In 1990, Jorge Selarón began covering the steps leading to the Santa Teresa convent with tiles of different colors, playing with the theme of the Brazilian flag.  Now, over 200 steps are covered with 2,000 plus tiles from all over the world.
He was even quoted once saying, "I will only end this mad and singular dream on the last day of my life." 

Sadly, on January 10, 2013, just months before our trip, Selarón was found dead, his body charred, on the steps he spent his life decorating.(Read more about it here and here.)

To date, the people have never stopped thanking him for his contribution that so wonderfully reflects the colorful culture of the Brazilians.






Tourists drinking in the colors of the Selaron Stairs.



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ESCADARIA SELARON (SELARON STAIRS)
R. Manuel Carneiro
Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro
RJ, Brazil



*http://bit.ly/1qy4gDs

Comments

  1. happy, cheerful, GREAT! thanks for the tour...always a pleasure to discover a happy art open-air:-) xxx

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  2. Great work capturing the beautiful bright colors.

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