I have never met a flight of stairs I’ve particularly wanted to climb up (let alone run up, like those fitness heads who “do stairs” in pursuit of a perfect body) but perhaps if I were to stumble across a few of these, I’d feel compelled to embrace the idea!
These examples of steps as public art space are the perfect marriage of creativity and dramatic effect, merging civic beautification with practicality to ensure truly interactive art exists within a community. Or, you know, they just make a shitty area look pretty. Whatever.
Staircases carry a lot of symbolism throughout culture, providing a visual for the rhetoric – ‘rising up’, ‘moving forward’, ‘moving on’, ‘bridging the gap’, ‘getting ahead’ etc, so I guess it’s no surprise to see many of these are from places of conflict, such as Syria and Iran.
Enticing for a bunch of cultural flaneurs like us, no? Cue Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven…
There’s lots missing from this list that I can remember from my own travels. If you’ve photographed a beautiful staircase somewhere in the world, feel free to add it to the comments section & give your photography skills a plug!
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