Escadaria Selarón – Selaron’s Staircase – A Mosaic Tile Masterpiece in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Many of us talk about labors of love, but Jorge Selarón has been tirelessly decorating the St Teresa staircase in the Lapa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for over 20 years. This massive living artwork, which is now known as Escadaria Selarón, or Selaron’s stiarcase, is 125 meters high and includes colorful tiles from all over the world.
You may have seen Escadaria Selarón without even knowing it: the mad sculptor \ painter Selaron has gained international acclaim for his mosaic tile street art – recently being featured as part of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Bid video “The Passion Unites Us” (1:48), The U2 music video “Walk On” (1:55) and “Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg (0:25).
Seeing the staircase on screen and in person are two entirely different experiences – videos don’t capture the warmth and excitement of the artist’s community in Lapa, show the sense of awe that people feel when visiting the Escadaria, or give a sense of the genius of the artwork evident in the details. If you ever find yourself in Rio de Janeiro, take a quick break from the beach because this masterpiece is a definite must see!
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The 3 Musketeers on Escadaria Selarón
The stairs are unusually dull when you look at them from above
A video I found on YouTube showing the genius and the madness of the artist Jorge Selaron. My high school Spanish skills (Selarón is from Chile) tell me that he is talking about how no one used to visit the staircase and how he couldn’t sell any paintings before he started adding red tiles to the staircase. After he started adding red tiles in 2000, his masterpiece started getting noticed.