Cleveland City Skyline

Source: Douglas Sacha / Getty

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – A North Olmsted artist painted a mural on his garage door last month.

The city says he’s violating it’s code and is requesting he take the painting down.

The garage sits back behind the man’s house.

However, you can see it from the street, which is the city’s reason of wanting the painting taken down.

Jeff Borsuk loves Cleveland and he thought painting a mural on his property would be a good way to show it.

“It’s not an advertisement,” Borsuk said. “It has no purpose other than to display art. This is my private property, and I don’t understand why I can’t display my own art work on my own private property.”

19 News reviewed the city code that defines a sign as “any writing, pictorial representation, illustration, emblem, symbol, or design that is on a building or vehicle visible from a public street”.

According to the code, wall signs are not allowed in one or two family residence districts like Borsuk’s.

Borsuk appealed to the city.

“I don’t have a homeowners association,” Borsuk said, “I shouldn’t have the city government telling me what I can’t have on my house.”

The council denied Borsuk’s appeal, demanding he must paint over the mural by July 15.



Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 News Cleveland

First and Second Picture Courtesy of Douglas Sacha and Getty Images

Tweet and Third Picture Courtesy of Twitter and WOIO 19 News Cleveland

Video Courtesy of Facebook and WOIO 19 News Cleveland

LOCAL NEWS: City of North Olmsted Tells Resident to Take Down Cleveland Mural on Garage  was originally published on