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Stairways to a starring role on the world stage

Coleshill In Bloom was knee high to a nemesia when Warwickshire County Council sent an artist to wander round town to see how the town could be spruced up by trompe-l’oeil and tree planting.
The idea was to help CIB to promote the look of the town.  The ideas, and the original sketches, have been lost, but included a spectacular trompe-l’oeil of a fountain on the estate agent’s wall by the garden at the crossroads. 
Fast forward a decade or so, and it’s what the Pound pony and the Chassieu Walk cheval, the book worm  – and CASPER –  are trying to do.
And why stop there?  Two nondescript Coleshill stairways – at Bramble Close and the High Street (pictured) – are ripe for a facelift, and so join a list of stunning tourist attractions around the world.
16thavenuetiledsteps.com gives details of how the comunity got together in San Francisco to create a sea to stars themed mosaic on a 163 step stairway in the Golden Gate neighbourhood.  Tile sponsorship provided the funding for the majority of the project.  Three mosaic workshops were held in the community so that all could participate in the making of the mosaic panels.  
The then Mayor of Caltagirone, Italy, home of the Scala Steps, was at the opening.  Look on line for the Santa Teresa Steps in Rio and tiled stairs in Tunisia for further inspiration.  
And to imagine what the town could look like with a bit of imagination…
High St steps Bramble-Close-steps
Trompe-l’œil (French for “deceive the eye”), is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions. 

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