RIO de JANEIRO, BRAZIL (WBRE/WYOU)   It’s artistic beauty inspires others to create… and it’s collaborative nature moves people to care.
“We can work together.”


Selaron’s Staircase brightens the Santa Teresa neighborhood, with more than 2-thousand colorful tiles lining the steps to the convent.
 
“This is truly amazing, marvelous, marvelosa is what Brazilians would say about how to capture the true passion in this area.” Said Shannon McCarthy of Texas
  
It started with an artist who wanted to make his surroundings a little more beautiful. So he decorated 220 steps with tiles from around the world. Now people come from around the world to see them.
“It’s totally unique. Nothing like this have I seen.”
It was the life work of Chilean artist Jorge Selaron. He started the project in 1990 and kept adding to it until his death in 2013.
 
“He was able to get the tiles from different countries and he started this challenge to have several countries represented there. Today is now around 140 countries represented in there.” Neyla Bontempo a Tour Guide
 
“The fact that one artist did all this work to beautify this area and the way he did it and the way he did it and the passion he put behind it is just amazing. I totally respect all of this work.” noted McCarthy
 
“He really made a change in Rio and it’s a big attraction in the area and we miss him.” added Bontempo