Staircase Shows Off Its Mosaic Tile Legacy

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Walking up the San Francisco tiled steps

Walking up the 16th St. tiled steps.

How many people does it take to custom tile and set 163 mosaic panel risers? Well, in this case, an entire neighborhood. The inaugural climb of the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project commenced on Saturday, August 27th, 2005, where honored neighbors and volunteers took their first walk up this meticulously designed and executed work of art, a community’s legacy left to the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Over 300 neighbors helped artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher make the highly detailed panels, in addition to the 220+ neighbors who added long-lasting significance to this project by sponsoring hand painted and personalized animal, bird and fish tiles. What a show stopper.

Blue bird tile

Blue bird tile.

The brightly colored detailing was clearly mapped out to create the overall affect.

Personalized squirrel tile

Personalized squirrel tile.

Neighbors sponsored personalized tiles like this to honor loved ones and to leave a lasting mark on their neighborhood.

grasshopper detail

grasshopper detail.

Every animal and insect held meaning to the creator of each tile, meaningful energy embedded in every step.

16th Ave. tiled steps project

16th Ave. tiled steps project.

Each step tread was set with rough, nonslip tile…a prudent design choice.

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