TTU tile found on famous Escandaria Selarón mosaic in Rio de Jan - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

TTU tile found on famous Escandaria Selarón mosaic in Rio de Janiero

TTU tile one of 2,000 that cover famous staircase in Rio de Janiero (Source:  claire eliz on Twitter) TTU tile one of 2,000 that cover famous staircase in Rio de Janiero (Source: claire eliz on Twitter)
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In Rio de Janiero a unique and vivid mosaic, which spans more than 400 feet, has become an inspiration and a tourist attraction for locals and visitors from all over the world. It all started in 1990 when Jorge Selarón began randomly renovating the more than 200 steps that sat across from his house.

Selarón was born in Chile in 1947 and traveled the world. He worked as a painter and either lived or traveled to more than 50 countries. He settled in Rio de Janiero in 1983.

The famous steps, now called the Escandaria Selarón, is covered in more than 2,000 pieces of bright tiles, mirrors and ceramic, and is located between the neighborhoods of Lapa and Santa Teresa. 

During the NBC coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a viewer captured a photo of a tile on the famous staircase that Texas Tech Red Raider fans can be proud of. 

As Selarón worked for years building the mosaic, he often ran out of money and would sell his paintings to fund his project. As his notoriety grew, people began sending or bringing him tiles from all over the world. Reports say the stairs feature tiles from at least 60 different countries.

We can only speculate that a Red Raider fan either sent or brought him the special tile, but we can also choose to believe he may have been a Red Raider at heart.

The staircase has been the setting for many television broadcasts during the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and it was by chance the TTU tile made its debut on national television during the NBC broadcast.

Unfortunately, Selarón is not able to enjoy the added exposure of his famous staircase during the world-wide event. He was found dead in 2013, at the age of 65, on the steps he spent 20 years of his life working on. After his death, locals began covering the steps with white candles.

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