Tiles by Colette Crutcher seen at 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco - 16th Avenue Tiled Steps
Tiles by Colette Crutcher seen at 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco - 16th Avenue Tiled Steps
Context & Credits
Item 16th Avenue Tiled Steps
Created by Colette Crutcher

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Item Details
If you’ve ever wanted to find a hidden art gem in San Francisco, head to 16th and Moraga to discover The 16th Ave. & Moraga Tiled Steps. Designed and created by Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr, this artwork depicts a sea to sky design that takes on a magical sparkle at sunset during the summer. A grass-roots initiative, this project was almost entirely funded by donations from individuals, mostly neighbors, whose names are stamped into the handmade tiles. Don’t miss the Hidden Garden Steps just a block away, on 16th Ave between Kirkham and Lawton.

Meet the Creator

Colette Crutcher

Colette Crutcher

San Francisco, CA

"My career began with painting and printmaking, but my work now covers a broad spectrum, from very large to very small, from public to intensely personal, from abstract to figurative, and across a range of media: painting and drawing, collage, assemblage, paper mache, concrete, ceramic and mosaics.

I hope that a single voice can be distinguished speaking in all of these different tongues.

My public works, mostly mosaics, are concentrated in the Bay Area. I enjoy collaboration, and have worked fruitfully with ceramicist Aileen Barr, and with my painter/sculptor husband, Mark Roller.

I draw inspiration from the great artistic traditions of many cultures, from the artwork and energy of children, and from isolated, quirky individuals mining their own psyches for material. I particularly enjoy the artistic/architectural installations by outsider artists, from Simon Rodia to the Facteur Cheval, that I’ve been lucky enough to visit. I hope my future includes some projects of a similar scale and scope."