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Lapa Steps (Selarón’s Staircase): Visit the Masterpiece of Rio Street Art

Lapa staircase, Rio de Janeiro

This crazy and colorful tiled stairway is the work of Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, self-taught. Having traveled the world, Selarón moved to Rio in 1983, in a tiny house just in front of the desolate stairway connecting the areas of Lapa and Santa Teresa. 215 steps that he entirely covered with majolica collected in urban areas of Rio or donated by visitors from all around the world. Since 1990, Selarón has laid over 2000 tiles, mainly red-colored: unique pieces representing a “tribute to the Brazilian people”. He also planted greenery and never finished to embellish the stairway. If you come here in the morning and you will probably see him, at work as usual. If you want, bring your own tile and he will add it to his work*.

Nowadays Selarón’s Staircase (Escadaria Selarón) is a famous place in Rio, set of international spots and videoclips. Jorge Selarón became an honorary citizen of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Lapa Steps runs from Rua Joaquim Silva and Rua Pinto Martins (Rio de Janeiro)

*To collaborate with the project, send your tile to:
Jorge Selarón
Rua Manoel Carneiro 24, Lapa
Rio de Janeiro-RJ
CEP: 20021-360

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