The Steps of San Francisco

The Moraga Steps are a charming example of the creative ambiance that makes San Francisco my favourite American city.

The base of the steps is at Moraga Street and 16th Avenue.   In the early years of the 21st century, ceramist Aileen Barr and mosaic artist Colette Crutcher, working with more than 300 volunteers, created the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project.

It took more than two and a half years to complete the project.  Along the way, they used over 2,000 handmade tiles and 75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass to create the 163 separate mosaic panels that comprise the Moraga Steps.   There’s one panel for each step riser.

Here’s a glimpse of the result.   All photos were found on the Web.


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