Chicago Man Turns Potholes Into Art
Jim Bachor fills them with mosaics
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 13, 2014 5:43 PM CDT
Jim Bachor removes cheese cloth from a finished art piece that he installed to cover a pothole on a street in Chicago.    (Stacy Thacker)

(Newser) – The perfect pothole might not exist for many people—but for mosaic artist Jim Bachor, it's one with a nice oval shape. Bachor began filling those potholes a little more than a year ago, after one in front of his house in Chicago became a hassle. Bachor doesn't just fill them with cement, though. He's turned pothole-filling into a public art project—one with a sense of humor. He fills them with mosaics. "I just think it's fun to add that little bit of spark into (an) issue that people moan about," he says.

With orange cones and vests displaying his last name, Bachor and his helpers look official enough to shut down a street section to work on filling a pothole. Bachor uses the Chicago city flag design in his pothole art, and some versions hold phone numbers to local auto repair shops. His most recent installment north of downtown Chicago—"#21914"—pokes fun at the huge number of potholes that exist in the city. (City officials may be OK with these potholes, but they're not thrilled with Donald Trump's huge sign.)

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Ezekiel 25:17
Jun 14, 2014 12:07 PM CDT
Ghostbusters II comes to mind. I've wanted to do this in front of the headquarters of one of the planet's biggest natural gas exploration companies. The street in front of Chesapeake has the worst pot holes in the city. The city says they have scheduled them for repairs in the future. Meanwhile you loose your tie rod ends as you drive over the cavern. Maybe the city is doing it as revenge for getting all those tax rebates and exemptions. Now I will admit, the city has purchased these new contraptions that allow a single person to do the work. It replaces 4 workers as you sit in the cab of the large truck and press buttons. The first button sprays high pressure air to clean out the hole. The next button lays on a thin layer of heated tar. The next button applies the proper amount of hot patch. After that the driver just drives over it a few times and moves on to the next hole.
Jun 14, 2014 12:15 AM CDT
Prediction: The city will give him a ticket or a fine for doing this.