Architect Kim Sykes spotted these wonderful color-painted stairs in Sayulita, Mexico. Whoever made them cunningly painted each stair on the side that doesn’t get stepped on (so you’d only get the effect from a distance, and going up). Though Mexico is renowned for it’s brash use of color, colored stairs are a world-wide theme: a simple way to make the path up or down more welcoming and interesting.
Here are more sightings, including this spectacular, intricate pattern of colored vinyl tape made by artist Jim Lambie at the Museum of Modern Art. It would be possible to do at home but I’m already imagining the stairs after a few months of people running up and down: a strange wasteland of tattered curled tape. Perhaps there is a way to seal it, or use the idea to paint stripes in a intricate pattern (more images at Freshome)
…These stairs are in Wuppertal, Germany:
…and these are in Santorini:
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