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By: Brenda Torres

If you are a driver, you try to avoid potholes in Chicago, you are not looking for art on the road. Jim Bachor is a unique type of street artist. Chicago has many works of art by Bachor on the street, literally.  Bachor finds potholes and makes art out of them. He creates mosaics, out of the potholes of Chicago.

On Bachor’s website, he has a map of all of his pothole installations.  At the bottom of the map, is a list of the pothole installations with detail of their location and if the piece of art is available on the street.  Some of the pieces are no longer available to see because the city streets are always under construction or perhaps because it is illegal to cover potholes on your own.  Many of his installations have not been destructed. However, several of his pieces partly exist, part of some pieces are destroyed.

Part of the installation of “THIS IS NOT A POTHOLE” located on the northeast corner of Michigan Ave and Ohio Street in the Loop. Installed October 2015

Several of his pieces are have the Chicago flag details, the blue horizontal stripes, red stars, the white field, and within it his own details.  The main color Bachor uses is white. He surrounds the image with white pieces and within he creates the image. The portions have the image stick out more.  

“LIAR” located on 420 North Wabash. Installed May 2017

Bachor has created all sorts of pictures with colorful pieces of stone or glass.  He and uses mortar to set the pieces in it, in order to create the image. Bachor created a series of pothole mosaics of desserts called “Treats in the Streets” and “And you supply the milk.” Some of the pieces are random, which he labels as “Miscellaneous.”  His “Pretty Trashed” series, are mosaics with images of common trash found on the streets such as a bag of chips, carton of cigarettes, and much more.

The street artist’s work has become popular the city.  A store in the Loop, the Nike Store, contracted him to install a mosaic in their store.  The mosaic is an image of the Chicago flag with the name “Run Chi.”

 


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