Breaker of Chains: A 200ft long mural on the Inner Belt Bridge, Cleveland, OH celebrating the city's cultural diversity. “The first thing my son did was grab the fence and a few other kids grabbed the fence’ ‘my original plan got thrown out’ and I imagined ‘how these gates kind of hold us back or these things are alike, these obstacles we have to break down to get to a better place.’ ‘A whole bunch of things were happening with DACA at the same time. My understanding or my thought process on this was if I can somehow create this image that starts from one kid looking outside this gate to all these people gathering to help break these barriers down, to be a better community.’ ‘So it starts as one kid holding the fence and then you see multiple people from different races, different backgrounds, different age groups all kind of collecting and slowly that gate starts to disappear and eventually what you get is groups of people mingling and socializing together.’ ‘So the idea is bridging the gap, building a community where we all feel safer and can coexist. That’s what this image is about.’
Baggage Claim: Steward memorializes Rhonda V, his mother, in his 2017 series Baggage Claim. Every piece of the series is signed in her name “Rhonda V” and metaphorically depicts the baggage she(we) carry throughout life and the grace and style in which she faced her troubles. Recognizing her son’s talent, Rhonda worked multiple jobs to provide for her family and tirelessly cared for and nurtured Darius’ interest.