A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.


Artistic, pretty, colorful, and tasteful too.

High on a hill in San Francisco’s Sunset district, on 16th and Moraga, called The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps.  It took two and half years, 300 volunteers, and 220 sponsors to complete.

I’ve walked up those stairs many times over the years when I lived on 16th Avenue (between Ulloa and Vicente) from 1984 to 1995.  That’s quite the workout, but, well worth the climb.  Inspired by the world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher did not start working on the beautiful neighborhood masterpiece–running up the risers of the 163 steps–until January 2003.

Over 2,000 handmade tiles…

75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass…

a total of 163 separate mosaic panels created,

one for each step riser.

Once reached the top, you’ll get an amazing view of San Francisco.

Hold on to the railing going up or coming down after a good fog ‘cuz they can be slick though as they can be slick…

Next time you’re in San Francisco, be on the lookout for this hidden treasure, Secret Mosaic Staircase.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

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Comments on: "The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps" (4)

  1. Wow, that’s amazing!

  2. Awesome!! How did I not known of these stairs?! I must now go next time I’m in SF. 🙂

    • It’s probably ‘cuz it’s weaved in a residential area. There is another one in progress–tiles completed with installation in the fall. That one is on 16th Avenue and Kirkham, a couple of blocks from the Hidden Stairs and inspired by it. You will love the “hike.”

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