"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.|
"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.|
ESCADARIA SELARON (SELARON STAIRS)
R. Manuel Carneiro
Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro