World's Coolest Staircases

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Skip the elevator: these unique staircases take cool to new heights.

Scala (Rainbow Staircase), Wuppertal, Germany

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Artist Horst Gläsker took a drab staircase wedged in between two buildings in the town of Wuppertal and painted it a rainbow of colors, transforming an eyesore into a bright, energetic spot. He named the 112-step public artwork Scala (“staircase” in Italian) and embellished it with stencils of German words that relate to human relationships, such as love, sympathy, and dance. —Lyndsey Matthews

World's Coolest Staircases

Scala (Rainbow Staircase), Wuppertal, Germany

Artist Horst Gläsker took a drab staircase wedged in between two buildings in the town of Wuppertal and painted it a rainbow of colors, transforming an eyesore into a bright, energetic spot. He named the 112-step public artwork Scala (“staircase” in Italian) and embellished it with stencils of German words that relate to human relationships, such as love, sympathy, and dance. —Lyndsey Matthews

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