What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Going Up:



Seoul, South Korea
Photo: Kevin Lowry

Since we’ve got nowhere to go but up, I thought I’d look for unusual and beautiful public staircases from around the world. My search turned up some real beauties! Although many of these examples are found in some of the world’s most dangerous places, in locations where violence is a regular occurrence and war is never far away, still the human spirit triumphs, at least in this small way.

I am forever in awe of people’s creativity and artistry and vision. Their remarkable ability to make beautiful something as utilitarian as a simple staircase, a way to get from here to there, never fails to amaze me. This is one of the reasons I just love the internet. Where else could we have gotten (in such short order) such a wonderfully diverse selection of lovely things?

Enjoy! (I have included locations and photo credits beneath each picture wherever I could.)

Beirut, Lebanon Photo: Street Art Utopia

Beirut, Lebanon
Photo: Street Art Utopia

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Photo: JustinTravels

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photo: JustinTravels

uppertal, Germany Photo: FrizzText

Wuppertal, Germany
Photo: FrizzText

Stairs of Peace, Syria Photo: Jood Voluntary Team

Stairs of Peace, Syria
Photo: Jood Voluntary Team

6th Avenue Tiled Steps, San FranciscoPhoto: Yellofish

6th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco
Photo: Yellofish

Algiers, Algeria Photo: PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images

Algiers, Algeria
Photo: PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images

Beirut, LebanonPhoto: Unknown

Beirut, Lebanon
Photo: Unknown

Valparaíso, Chile Photo: Oueduabroad

Valparaíso, Chile
Photo: Oueduabroad

Morlaix, FrancePhoto: ZAG

Morlaix, France
Photo: ZAG

Ottawa, CanadaPhoto: Susan Moore

Ottawa, Canada
Photo: Susan Moore

Tehran, IranPhoto: Farsi Zaban

Tehran, Iran
Photo: Farsi Zaban

Photo: Karley Gillis

Beirut, Lebanon
Photo: Karley Gillis

Philadelphia, USA Photo: RLeigh

Philadelphia, USA
Photo: RLeigh



Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

23 thoughts on “Going Up:

  1. Remarkable, Donna. I don’t know that I’ve seen anything quite this beautiful on stairs before. The last set though, in Philly, should be at the Dali museum here in FL. I’ll bet they regret not thinking of it first!!

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  3. Completely wonderful. It’s always fabulous when there’s a vibrant splash of colour in an otherwise drab day.

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  4. Love the piano painting! I found a koi staircase last I was in Houston that impressed me enough to post to my Instagram. Far smaller scale than yours, but neat all the same.

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  5. Oh the one in San Fran!! I love all of these, but that one is my fave.

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  6. This is a beautiful way to adorn something mundane in our lives! I, however, would probably trip up the stairs! lol

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  7. wow – the stairs are awesome – and I like your blog. You really do find amazing things, Donna

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  8. I actually thought the picture with the fish (I think they’re Koi) were real fish and I was so confused for about 10 seconds!

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