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    Artist Spent 20 Years Creating Colorful Steps in Brazil

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    The Escadaria Selarón is a set of stunning outdoor steps comprised of colorful tiles. More than 2000 tiles were used on the stairs, which originated from 60 different countries.

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has some mesmerizing natural sights. In addition to the beaches, hiking trails and mountains, there’s a manmade attraction that shouldn’t be missed.

    The Escadaria Selarón is a set of stunning outdoor steps comprised of colorful tiles. Created by the Chilean artist, Jorge Selarón, he began renovating the stairs in 1990 and finally completed the work over 20 years later.

    The 250 steps are in front of what used to be Selarón’s house. It began as a sort of hobby, since painting was his first priority, but the tile stair project soon took over as his main interest. Monetary funds were a major issue with the project.

    Selarón didn’t have any assistance from the city. He began collecting old bathtubs to use as planters. Over time, neighbors and residents began donating tiles which represent cultures from around the world.

    Eventually the vibrant steps were completed, covered in blue, green, yellow and red tiles and ceramics. Even mirrors were added.

    More than 2000 tiles from over 60 different countries were used on the stairs.

    Next time, you happen to be in Rio de Janeiro, be sure to check out these step along with the city's stunning landscape.