Escadaria Selarón is extremely popular among tourists. And painter Jorge Selarón is a legend in the Lapa neighborhood. He dedicated 20 years converting 215 stairs into a masterstroke of colors. As he collected and then painted over 2,000 tiles and ceramic fragments, he pieced them together into a 410 foot mosaic. The flamboyant staircase gained worldwide recognition. Selarón claimed his passion would not end until his death. That promise was fulfilled when he was found dead on Selarón Steps in 2013.