Personal – Colors & Stairs

For the project ‘City’ I start looking up graffiti and street art. The deeper I go into my research I find myself concentrating on a color within a city. I am a person who likes color and I believe Cardiff doesn’t have much to offer in that matter, perhaps that is the reason graffiti in Cardiff attracts my eye a lot.
Looking at Brazil – Rio De Janeiro which is colourful as a rainbow in one part of the city. Dutch artists Haas&Hahn have done a project in 2010 and turned the city into a ‘drop of happiness’

Another perfect colorful location is Italy looking at Cinque Terry is seem to be very bright place.

Those cities a perfect example that there is more to a city than just dull colors and plain streets or buildings.
Personally for me color lifts my mood so it is a shame Cardiff does not have that yet. Perhaps a lot of people are not brave enough to paint their house blue, red or yellow, but perhaps there is different ways to bring color to the city.
Public staircase

Public staircase

Wouldn’t be great to travel in and out of work and walk these steps everyday? For sure that would make my day a little brighter.

Well this is definitely my favorite stair case. Absolutely love the pattern, it gives me this great Mexican feeling and the color are fantastic so bright and playful.
The only down point having painted public staircases is that in time the color fades and it is either got to be paint over or done again.
Many countries came up with a brilliant solution and start doing mosaics on the stairs instead of just painting it. It also look a lot more aesthetic and takes a lot more skill to create such an art pieces.

I find this mind blowing. It is so detailed and colorful must have been very time consuming and a challenge of a patience. Defiantly worth it at the end, I am sure San Francisco community haven’t been left disappointed.

Bright colored, attractive staircase in San Francisco, would make anyone to ditch the elevator and choose the stairs anytime of the day. These tiled steps are the longest mosaic stairs so far and were designed and made by Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr and San Francisco mosaic artist Colette Crutcher. The Tiled steps has got 163 steps which reach 82’ of height, staircase elements over 2000 handmade tiles and 75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass. Over 300 community volunteers engaged for over a two and a half year period to finally finish this project in 2005.

Also this stairway left an impression on me. I really like the sun set feel to it. Unfortunately I couldn’t find out much about the image or the staircase itself. It is definitely beautiful to look at and I just had to share it.

Doing research on color and different work of other artist to get inspiration i come across Hungary-born artist Gábor Miklós Szőke. He builds large scale sculptures out of wooden slats of various sizes and screwing them together. I particullar like Szőke work because he use color or if not color then different color lighting to make Budapest prettier.

rocking horse
gabor miklos szoke tiger
gabor miklos szoke lights
Inga Hamilton – Inga makes jellies and other marine organisms from recycled packaging materials like the tubular foam that is packed around bicycles, used soda bottles, old strapping tape and any other colorful plastic waste. She also makes the most incredible crochet coral mounds.


Another piece by Margaret and Christine Wertheim that insiped my and attracted me by its colors was this coral reef with is put togerther out of nitted pieces.

Margaret and Christine Wertheim

Margaret and Christine Wertheim

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