San Francisco’s 16th Avenue Steps

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

Tucked into the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood in San Francisco’s Sunset District, the 16th Avenue Steps is a perfect example of an inclusive work of both public art and civic design. The project was led by artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, who worked with more than 300 neighbors on creating the tiles used for the 163 risers that make up these stairs.

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

The project had over 220 sponsors, many of them area individuals and businesses, including the incomparable Heath Ceramics and the Arizmendi Bakery, truly an example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts:

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

Standing at the top of the stairs, you can’t see the artists’ effort at all:

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

But, you get one of those million-dollar views for which San Francisco is famous:

San Francisco's 16th Avenue Steps

Gentle readers, can you think of any other city with an array of public stairs that could use some civic intervention and attention? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

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8 thoughts on “San Francisco’s 16th Avenue Steps

  1. It’s a great project, and it’s nice that walking up all those steps dictates a leisurely pace for admiring the art on the risers [well, unless you do a Rocky-type sprint].

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  7. Beautiful staircase and beautiful article!
    I love these artists!
    They know how to play the emotions of urban furniture.

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