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I install fine art glass and marble mosaics in potholes. This artwork can never be purchased so I need your help funding the project.
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About 15 years ago I learned the ancient art of the mosaic in Ravenna, Italy. The permanence of the art form is what drew me to it first. Marble and glass do not fade. Mortar is mortar. 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? I find this idea simply amazing. Since then 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. From junk food to coffee to breakfast cereal, my work permanently locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present.

"Rose" Flower Pot Hole Series
"Rose" Flower Pot Hole Series

Beginning in May of 2013 I began to apply this thinking to the numerous potholes filling the streets of Chicago. Temporarily fixed over and over again by city street crews I began to apply this resilient artwork as a more permanent fix. Early concepts of the artwork first installed branded the pothole as an authentic Chicago-style pothole. Further explorations played with serial numbers (to represent the vast quantities of them), phone numbers of nearby auto repair shops (to repair damage caused by them) and even flowers (as a pretty juxtaposition to the universally ugly pothole.)

"Daffodil" Flower Pot Hole Series
"Daffodil" Flower Pot Hole Series

The project has been featured on news outlets from around the world  including PBS, ABC News, the UK's Daily Mail, Fast Company, Hyperallergic and many others.

"Tulips" Flower Pot Hole Series
"Tulips" Flower Pot Hole Series

It's early 2015 now and pothole season will soon be upon us. Since these works of art are permanently affixed to the ground I can't sell them. I finance the project myself. It's not cheap. What I'm looking for is a little funding for the next series of pieces. They cost me around $100 each to do. The next series will consist of 3 pieces hence the $300 goal. Any funds raised beyond that will finance further installations. I have a ton of new ideas for future pieces!

Take a look at my website (http://www.bachor.com/#!pothole-installations/cmwt) to see examples of the pieces I've installed so far.

Thank you for considering donating to the 2015 Pothole Project!

Your reward (along with a sticker) for a donation of $40 or more!
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Your reward (along with a t-shirt and sticker) for a donation of $800 or more!

Risks and challenges

After installing around 12 of these pieces, I have the technique down pat. It just needs to get warmer for the installations to set properly. Given my canvas is a city street, occasionally the artwork gets paved over or patched with asphalt. For me the only risks/challenges are making sure not to get hit by a car during an installation. There is a limitless supply of pothole candidates. When the weather cooperates installation takes about 2 days for each piece of art.

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    • A cool "Pothole" sticker based on the oval design of those European "country of origin" bumper stickers that you see all over the place.
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    • A groovy, asphalt gray, designer "Pothole"
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    • The warm feeling that you funded one of the three pieces of the new pothole series!
    • Creative input on the actual artwork! (Details later.)
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    • 18" x 24" signed archival quality print of one of the new pieces in the series on 100% cotton rag, acid-free watercolor stock.
    • A groovy, designer asphalt gray "Pothole" T-shirt!
    • A cool "Pothole" sticker based on the oval design of those European "country of origin" bumper stickers that you see all over the place.
    • A picture of the finished project emailed to you!
    • The warm feeling that you funded one of the pieces of the new pothole series!
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    • 7" x 9" framed, original piece of pothole art featuring one of the works from the new series!
    • A groovy, designer asphalt gray "Pothole" T-shirt!
    • A cool "Pothole" sticker based on the oval design of those European "country of origin" bumper stickers that you see all over the place.
    • A picture of the finished project emailed to you!
    • The warm feeling that you funded one of the pieces of the new pothole series!
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