Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SOME LEGEND HAS BEEN FILLING CHICAGO’S POTHOLES WITH MOSAIC STREET ART


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The term “vigilante” probably draws to mind thoughts of a citizen taking matters into their own hands after watching local authorities fail to deal with the problems on the streets. Chicago-based artist Jim Bachor is doing just that, but instead of fighting crime while wearing a latex suit with a cape, he’s filling potholes using his glass and marble mosaics (possibly while wearing a latex suit with a cape – who knows?).

Bachor first began working his mosaics into the street in 2013 when he decided to fill a pothole outside his home, rather than waiting for the city to get around to it. Since then, he’s filled several more around Chicago and even the city of Jyväskylä, Finland. Last year’s in-ground mosaics were funded by a Kickstarter campaign that saw several new artworks created to look like popular ice creams, and now, Bachor has started yet another Kickstarter drive to continue beautifying cities.

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

The Chicago artist learnt how to create mosaics in Ravenna, Italy, where he fell in love with the art form’s permanence. “Marble and glass do not fade… An ancient mosaic looks exactly as intended by the artist who produced it over two millennia ago. What else can claim that kind of staying power?” he writes on his Kickstarter page.

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A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

He continues, “I find this idea simply amazing. Since [being in Ravenna], I’ve devoted myself to changing people’s perception of what a mosaic could be. Using the same materials, tools, and methods of the archaic craftsmen, I create mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice.”

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

A photo posted by bachor (@jimbachor) on

See more of Bachor’s work on his Instagram.

More Art:
Massive Roman Mosaic Found Buried Under A City For 1,700 Years
Sleep Inside A Van Gogh Painting In Chicago’s Art-Inspired Airbnb
Amsterdam’s Art-Filled Underpass Makes A Tunnel Surprisingly Pleasant

Words: Vincent Varney
Lead image: Jim Bachor/Instagram
H/T: Designboom

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