Rogue Artist Fills Unsightly, Dangerous Potholes With Mosaic Art

Rogue Artist Fills Unsightly, Dangerous Potholes With Mosaic Art
Arts & Culture

Chicago local gives the city a helping hand with their road repairs.

Ross Brooks
  • 28 may 2014

After a particularly brutal winter, Chicago’s streets are littered with more potholes than usual. Instead of waiting for the city to act, a local artist by the name of Jim Bachor has taken matters into his own hands. However, instead of just filling the potholes, he decided to transform them into tiled mosaics, many of which feature subtle jokes. He started in January, and has already attracted the praise of locals who grew tired of weaving back and forth on the damaged roads.


Bachor, who also spent many years as a designer and creative director, first fell in love with mosaics on a trip to Europe, These days, he is particularly fond of the fact he can combine a timeless format such as mosaics, with relatively young ideas such as popular brands, snack cakes and cereals.

Using the same materials, tools and methods of the archaic craftsmen, I create mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice. My work locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present. By harnessing and exploiting the limitations of this indestructible technique, my work surprises the viewer while challenging long-held notions of what a mosaic should be.


Even though none of this is official, the City of Chicago seems to be taking it fairly well, even if they did try and deter the artist in a very polite way.

The Department of Transportation continues to work diligently to fill the numerous potholes that have appeared on our streets as a result of the historic winter. Mr. Bachor and his art are proof that even the coldest, harshest winter can not darken the spirits of Chicagoans. But filling potholes is a task best left to the professionals and CDOT.

Some may consider him a nuisance, others a hero, that’s for you to decide, but it’s fairly easy to see that a colorful mosaic which brings a smile to your day is better than a dangerous pothole that could land you or your car in some serious trouble.


Jim Bachor

[h/t] Gizmodo, Chicago Tribune



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