Friday Photo – 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

Mosaic stairs in San Francisco

Mosaic stairs in San Francisco

 

Friday Photo – 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

 

I love arty and unusual places to visit and this was definitely one of the places I wanted to check out in San Francisco out in the Richmond district a short walk or bus ride from Golden Gate Park.

 

Cool mosaics on 16th Avenue in San Francisco

Cool mosaics on 16th Avenue in San Francisco

 

 

The fun thing about visiting this cool mosaic staircase is the amazing craftmanship and continuous design elements that make it so appealing. You practically have to walk up the entire staircase to enjoy every little section of this art installation and once you are on top, you get these magnificent views – stunning right?

 

Mosaic details 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

Mosaic details 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

 

 

 

Funny, when you look back down, you can’t see any of the mosaics from the stairs which are not done in mosaic  making it easier to just concentrate on the climb or descent when you start going down from the top without being distracted.

 

Views from the top - 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

Views from the top – 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

 

 

 

 

 

Planets and constellations,Evening to sunrise, California pinks and purples, California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

Underwater series with marine life, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

 

Closer to the top of the stairs are my favorite sections with the constellation filled with stars and swirls, then it transitions to a huge sun burst when you finally reach the top of the staircase- a wonderful experience that is very energizing and fun to climb all the way to the top.

 

Planets and constellations,Evening to sunrise, California pinks and purples, California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

Planets and constellations,Evening to sunrise, California pinks and purples, California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

 

 

 

 

Evening to sunrise, California pinks and purples, California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

Evening to sunrise, California pinks and purples, California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

 

 

 

During the spring season, all the California native plants seem to be popping up and blooming all at the same time, adding more color to this already gorgeous landscape. Beautiful, don’t you think?

 

California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

 

 

 

 

California pinks and purples, California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

California pinks and purples, California blooms, 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

 

 

Well, hope you enjoyed the tour and climb at the 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco. If you enjoyed reading the post, please do share it with any of the social media buttons on the post – thanks.

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12 Responses to Friday Photo – 16th Avenue stairs in San Francisco

  1. Terence July 19, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    Beautiful, but correction. These steps are in the sunset district. Not the Richmond. 16 th ave and moraga mosaic stairs.

  2. Chris Boothman June 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    Yet another reminder here Noel that San Francisco has such a European feel to it! The moment I started wandering around this city last year, I immediately felt at home and that’s probably because of the Euro aesthetics that are scattered around the city. I am not sure if this is always intentional but it’s just the feeling that I got and this staircase and the mosaics are certainly no different.

    As Paul mentioned in an earlier comment, this really as a Spanish flair associated with it and it’s definitely an impressive piece of work! Thanks for sharing this experience with us and hopefully we will see this for ourselves when we next head back to San Fran.

  3. Jackie June 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

    What an explosion of colours – both in the mosaics and the native plants. I adore mosaic, and would love to learn how to do it one day. Those stairs are amazing, you’d wonder how people can just walk up and down them, without wanting to stay there and repeat the experience a number of times.

  4. Paul (@luxury__travel) June 23, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    That looks really fun. Love the colours and details. Reminds me a little of Barcelona and Gaudi…

  5. anna parker June 23, 2014 at 8:29 am #

    Those stairs are incredible – and I’m sure they aren’t in guidebooks, thankyou for finding them!! I can only imagine how many people speed up the steps in a rush and miss the beauty – although if they were on my city commute then they would bring a daily smile! And I’d probably have to take a daily photo too!

  6. budget jan May 18, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    I did enjoy the tour thanks Noel. The mosaic work seems to be of a high standard and with the flowers a really lovely place to visit.

  7. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse May 17, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    Those stairs are beautiful and I also enjoyed the view from the top!

  8. Corinne May 16, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Noel, Love these. Not going to San Fran this summer…but maybe next year I’ll check out these stairs!

  9. Travels with Tam May 16, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    headed to San Fran in June, will check out the steps!!!!

  10. Ruth - Utah May 16, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Oh my, these stairs are stunning. How beautiful!

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