Artist Augustus Turner gets input for public art on East 22nd
As part of the new streetscape project on East 22nd Street, the Campus District will get a new public art installation, created by artist Augustus Turner. The public art piece will sit at the intersection of East 22nd Street and Central Avenue and will be 9 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Art depicting the Central neighborhood, including its landmarks, notable citizens, and character from both the past and the present will adorn both sides of the piece.
Augustus Turner grew up in the Central Neighborhood, born at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and attended elementary school in the area. It was for this reason, combined with his artistic excellence, that he was chosen to create the piece. Augustus gathered with long-time Central residents and Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland over dinner to get their input on his work thus far and to discuss the history of Central for inclusion in the piece. These residents reminded everyone in attendance of the great history that the Central neighborhood has in Cleveland, as Phyllis Cleveland appropriately summed up “Central was the Ellis Island of Cleveland. Everybody came through Central.”
Campus District, Inc. would like to thank everyone for their input and Augustus Turner for his great work. We look forward to seeing the final product!