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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

(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.

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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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