In Rio de Janeiro…in an area called Santa Teresa…in a hidden alley
is a masterpiece of sorts
Artist Jorge Selaron worked tirelessly
hands bleeding, penniless.
…In the beginning, everyone laughed at me I covered the steps in green, blue and yellow tiles – the colors of the Brazilian flag. As I worked, my profession changed from painter to sculptor, my hands covered in blood, calluses, irritating and in pain. Even though the work was difficult, I was passionate about it.
The rent was late, the phone was cut but every time I succeeded in finding some money, I bought materials and continued, obsessed and possessed. I worked without rest and I stopped when I had no more material left. When that happened, I painted paintings to earn some money so that I would be able to continue my work. I have put much of my life into my masterpiece. I have invented a fantastic unique technique which consists of constantly changing the tiles. This gives a unique energy, and makes it a living, mutating work of art with over 2000 different tiles, collected in over 60 different countries.”
Meanwhile…On the other side of the world in Wuppertal, Germany
artist , Horst Glasker. Painted a work on public stairs called Scala.
The german words on the stairs
are describing the emotional connections
between human beings.
Love. Passion. To pine...
I dunno...Ya gotta love the tenacity...the where-with-all...the passion...the pain.
Embrace public art.
Climb the stairs.
MaybeThink as you do.
I know I will.
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