Famous Mosaics - Golden Gate Heights Mosaic Stairway, in San Francisco

This summer the Tile Park is taking the show on the road! We're paying a virtual visit to the most famous mosaics of the world... from China to Spain to the US... tile parks, record-breaking installations, ancient murals, points of interest and so much more. Join us!

Tucked away in the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood of San Francisco is a community mosaic project known as the Hidden Garden Steps, or the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps. 

It’s a volunteer and community-based public art project, beautifying the area and telling the story of its residents too. With help from the local parks departments and artists alike, these steps and the surrounding gardens represent a labor of love and collaboration that is an inspiration to any who visit.

From 2010-2013, almost half a million dollars was raised through grants, donations and tile sponsorships. The incredible result of all this fundraising effort, is 160+ mosaic steps flowing together in one long design. A collaboration between artists Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr, it depicts lush and vibrant plant life, animals, fish, birds, the sea and the sky too.

parque blog SF stairs.png

Before this project, the aging staircase was on its way to becoming completely derelict. Covered in graffiti and overgrown with plants, its unkempt state was only inviting trouble, so the neighborhood decided to take responsibility for it themselves, and the result is nothing short of spectacular.  

The steps lead you to one of the most incredible vantage points in all of San Francisco, and as you might expect, the sunsets from the vantage point known as Grand View Park are absolutely breathtaking.

parque blog sf stairs grand view.jpg

Sponsored tiles can be seen all throughout the design, and the neighborhood created a website (http://hiddengardensteps.org/index.html) to go along with the project, so that the stories behind the tiles have a home of their own too.

parque blog SF stairs sponsored tiles.jpg
parque blog SF stairs2.jpg
parque blog SF stairs glow.png

The 16th Ave Steps are located on Moraga St. (yes, seriously!) between 15th & 16th Ave. in the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California USA 
Check out http://www.16thavenuetiledsteps.com/ for more info.

Emily Murray