Sunday, May 18, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Colorful Stairways in Istanbul

This story is a bit old, but it's worth posting on this Street Art Sundays series because it's such a cool act of defiance by local communities in Istanbul, Turkey.

In August 2013, a 64-year old man named Huseyin Cetinel decided to paint his neighbourhood Findikli's steps "to make people smile." He chose rainbow colours and went to work with one other person to paint a huge staircase connecting Findikli to Cihangir. By the way, he purchased about $725 in paint and supplies himself.

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Surprisingly, the municipality sent workers to re-paint the steps gray after about a week.



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Well, this DID NOT sit well with the residents of Istanbul, who recently have felt like the government has been strangling the citizens who dare to think differently than the current regime. Was this another act of intolerance?

The mayor of this area, Misbah Demircan, gave comments to The Daily News stating that the municipality workers were simply responding to complaints from local residents.

Regardless, the Istanbul community was not going to stand for this so they took to Twitter and arranged a re-painting day for the following day and people all over Istanbul took to the streets to paint the numerous staircases in the city.

Here are some pictures of the work that was completed on August 31st, 2013.

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If you also like fun artsy stairs, check out this post on mosaic staircases in San Francisco, California!

*Discovered on Street Art Utopia
**Information about the story taken from the NY Times

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