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It Doesn’t Matter Where These Pretty Stairs Lead…The Journey Will Be Amazing

Whether you want to admit to it or not, let”s be real: street art usually improves the appearance of things. We”re not talking about simple tags, we”re talking about carefully designed pieces of art that appear on walls in cities around the world. Of course, street art, by nature of its think-outside-the-box character, is not confined to just walls.

These public staircases from around the world sport their own artwork. They”ve been painted and decorated to be large-scale images as well as abstract pops of color. Some were created by individual artists, but many were community projects that saw locals coming together to make their city a little more magical.

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

This rainbow piano set of stairs has a charmingly homespun look to it.

(via The Roosevelts, Earth Porn)

Angers, France

Angers, France

This origami-decorated staircase in France looks like it”s covered in autumn leaves.

Wuppertal, Germany

Wuppertal, Germany

Besides the bright colors that add a little magic to the surroundings, these steps also feature powerful and uplifting words for climbers to reflect on.

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile

This staircase features some incredible detail in its scenes of houses and ocean views.

Tehran, Iran

Tehran, Iran

This tiled staircase uses the sides rather than the steps themselves to make this classy-but-colorful rose design.

The Stairs of Peace, Syria

The Stairs of Peace, Syria

This bright, geometric pattern was painted on this town”s longest staircase by local students. They hoped that the bright colors would bring a little joy to those experiencing hardships.

Sicily

Sicily

This staircase has been beautiful for centuries! It was originally constructed in 1608 and features hundreds of gorgeous ceramic tiles (look closely). It”s also the site of many art installations, like this one made from flowers.

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, South Korea

Artists used this staircase to create a huge image of bright koi fish.

San Francisco, U.S.

San Francisco, U.S.

All 163 steps of this staircase are decorated with mosaic tiles. Hundreds of people from across the city teamed up to create this piece of public art.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This tiled staircase, known as Escadaria Selaron, is a famous feature of the city.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For this staircase, a more realistic approach was taken, resulting in this lifelike portrait.

Philadelphia, U.S.

Philadelphia, U.S.

This portrait of Dali was created for an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2005, but it”s a work of art in itself.

Morlaix, France

Morlaix, France

This portrait is a bit more subdued with its delicate, earthy colors, but it”s still a knockout.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Just simple bands of color are enough to create a magical feeling on this staircase.

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

You don”t have to cover every step to create a bright and unexpected pop of color, as this geometric staircase shows.

These decorated stairs show that with a little flair, even the most overlooked, everyday items and places can have stunning beauty. They”re so lovely that it almost doesn”t matter where they lead, and they certainly make the prospect of climbing stairs a bit more pleasant!