Step Sculpture

Steps are wonderful expressions of the landscape. Cortona has a ramp and step street system.  Ramps are generally not as visually interesting or evocative;  they don’t invite the eye – and the spirit – as steps do.

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While each set is different, there is a consistency of certain elements.  The risers are generally 3″-4″, the treads, while varying in length, are generally sloped and made out of small stones.

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That’s a small public space in the photo above. Almost too cute to believe.

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This set definitely does not comply with the design dictum of never having a single step for safety sake.  But the slope is such that the walker should expect a step and the riser is low enough that even if missed, the likelihood of a fall is low.

 

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