US Chicago artist fills pesky potholes with pandemic art

14:10  25 may  2020
14:10  25 may  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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For his pothole project Bachor has filled about 7 potholes with his original artwork that borrows from the design Do stories and artists like this matter to you? Become a Colossal Member and support Chicago Potholes Are Filled with Pandemic Essentials in Humorous New Mosaics by Jim Bachor.

Jim Bachor fills a pothole before adding mosaic art (Photo: WGN’s Kevin Doellman). I still don’t know if it’s legal or not, but I have had discussions with police through the years, about a half dozen, and once they know what I’m doing they don’t have an issue with it. I just think it’s fun to think somebody

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic has been a bumpy road for many Chicagoans, but they have mosaic artist Jim Bachor to thank for paving the way to some unexpected smiles with four additions to his "pothole art" series installed on the city's North Side. 

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For years, literal street artist Jim Bachor has been using an ancient mosaic technique to turn Chicago `s potholes into playful works of art .

Share All sharing options for: Chicago Artist to Continue Pothole Mosaic Project. Big issues often times require creative fixes, and one local artist has gained national notoriety for his public works/public art project of filling in potholes with tile mosaics.

Along a side street near the iconic Green Mill jazz club in the Uptown neighborhood, Bachor has created four glass and marble mosaics inside small craters in the pavement. 

The colorful creations, which glisten in the sunlight, refer to symbols of the city's experience with the pandemic. There are mosaics depicting an Old Style beer can, one of Chicago's classic brands; a toilet paper roll and a bottle of hand sanitizer; and a red Chicago flag star, in homage to a city that has recorded 1,830 coronavirus-related deaths.

"It's a little bit of an unexpected joy, an unexpected grin," he said. "It's finding a little bit of humor in times that are not funny and elbow to the ribs of us humans and the ridiculous things that go on."

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Jim Bachor's artwork has been filling the streets of Chicago - literally! Dozens of his mosaics have been appearing around the city , dotting the roads where

A Chicago man is filling potholes with humorous mosaics. In this Tuesday, June 10, 2014, photo, mosaic artist Jim Bachor scrapes cement off a finished art piece on a street in Chicago . At the time Bachor had filled seven potholes around the city , marking each one with a mosaic piece.

Chicagoans are all too familiar with potholes, and Bachor has been placing tile mosaics in them since 2013 after a particularly stubborn crater in front of his Northwest Side home inspired him.

"Everyone can relate to potholes. It doesn't matter if you are rich, poor, young or old, and everyone hates them," he said. 

He installed the two-foot (0.61 m) pandemic mosaics three weeks ago, following the same process used in the other 85 he has completed across the city. Some of his other pothole works depict daily objects like an ice cream cone as well as natural subjects such as small animals and flowers.

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First, Bachor spent eight to 10 hours completing the artwork in his studio. He then hauled water, concrete, and the mosaics to the four potholes, where he spent about two hours installing them. He returned the next day to complete the installation.

"We live in this weird, unprecedented time and I got to thinking about what everyone can relate to," he said. "It was a perfect subject matter to talk to the most number of people."

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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