Río de Janeiro: Multicolor Stairway

Colored tiles adorn the 215 steps leading from Rio de Janeiro’s Lapa neighborhood to the convent of Santa Teresa. Chilean artist Jorge Selarón created this living, changing work. Until his death in 2013, the artist worked continually on the tiles, creating a piece of art that was always new. The tourist attraction, known initially as Selarón’s Stairway, became increasingly famous and its many visitors from around the world donated tiles representative of their countries of origin or with special messages for the artist. Today, dozens of visitors make the pilgrimage to Lapa to admire the stairs and discover hidden treasures among its many tiles.