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.
The brightly colored detailing was clearly mapped out to create the overall affect.
Neighbors sponsored personalized tiles like this to honor loved ones and to leave a lasting mark on their neighborhood.
Every animal and insect held meaning to the creator of each tile, meaningful energy embedded in every step.
Each step tread was set with rough, nonslip tile…a prudent design choice.
All photography, tilesteps.org