The Breaker of Chains


On behalf of Campus District, Inc. and MidTown Cleveland, Inc. we’re happy to announce the unveiling of our newest public art project on the Euclid Avenue bridge over the Innerbelt. The public art transforms a former barrier into an asset, connecting the Campus District and MidTown neighborhoods to create a safer, more beautiful walk for community members, faculty, and students. Local artist Darius Steward (FRONT, INTER|URBAN) selected the theme of international welcoming for this important project linking our two neighborhoods.


Darius’s artwork is called The Breaker of Chains. As you walk across the bridge the portraits of individuals deconstructs the chains of the fence, a symbol of the barriers many immigrants face. The art itself demonstrates Cleveland's interconnections with the world and features the portraits of CSU students, Tri-C students, Campus International students, Cleveland’d international students, refugees, and Dreamers (DACA Recipients).  Want to help keep the mural beautiful and take some of it home with you? Contact Campus District, Inc. to purchase a print.  A portion of the proceeds goes to long-term maintenance of the mural.