A set of public stairs in Turkey has arguably been the site of:
- guerilla art (when a local resident painted them in rainbow stripes),
- a populist happiness gesture (he wanted “to make people smile”),
- censorship (Turkish officials covertly re-painted the stairs grey), and
- resistance (locals were outraged, and the city re-painted the stairs in bright colors).
It goes to show how using vibrant colors and promoting happiness may seem like simple gestures, but they can be powerful and meaningful actions for people and cities too.