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Walking the Steps in San Francisco.

It was an early morning recently in San Francisco and I headed over to 16th Avenue and Moraga…

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

…in the Inner Sunset neighborhood to checkout The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The 163-step staircase dates back to 1826.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The project to create and add the mosaics started in 2003, being completed a year later by residents and contributors from the neighborhood. You’ll find handmade animals, birds, flowers and fish themed tiles amongst colorful patterns on this hidden gem.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

As your going up the stairs, turn around to capture the panoramic neighborhood views straight out to the Pacific, San Francisco Bay and beyond.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

Making it to the top is definitely work. Several runners went by, going up-and-down, as I got my exercise in for the day. 🙂 You’ll find Grand View Park once up-top.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The greenery and landscape along the sides is well maintained and worth a look in its own right.

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project, San Francisco, California

The steps are easily accessible, a few streets east of State Route 1 (19th Avenue). Find a place to park at the bottom within the neighborhood on 16th Avenue. Photos and walking up-and-down the stairs is free.

It was a great morning walking the steps in San Francisco. When you’re in town make sure to checkout this mosaic masterpiece.

Chicago: The Agora Sculptures of Grant Park.

I was walking through the south end of Chicago’s Grant Park along Michigan Avenue on a warm, summer day when I came across all these headless and armless sculptures.

Chicago, Agora Sculptures, Grant Park

They all form the piece known as Agora which has sat at this location since 2006 on permanent loan from artist Magdalena Abakanowicz and the Polish Ministry of Culture. There are 106 9-foot sculptures to be exact, each made of cast iron.

Chicago, Agora Sculptures, Grant Park

I saw a lot of people walking around and in-between them. From afar they all look similar, but each is hand-carved and has its own unique characteristics.

Collectively they form what looks like a crowd of people. You’ll notice that some are pointing towards others, while others are pointed away. The word Agora in Greek means meeting place.

Chicago, Agora Sculptures, Grant Park

Its had mixed reviews, people either loving or hating it.

Chicago, Agora Sculptures, Grant Park

It was unique and fascinating to me. Walking through the park on this day, it got me thinking about what other sculptures in Chicago I should check out on that next stroll. 🙂

What other outdoor sculptures would you recommend checking out in Chicago?