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I install glass & marble mosaics in potholes. As this artwork can't be purchased I need your help. Please help fund the 2016 campaign!
I install glass & marble mosaics in potholes. As this artwork can't be purchased I need your help. Please help fund the 2016 campaign!
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Around 16 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.

The original pothole installation on May 20, 2013
The original pothole installation on May 20, 2013

 On May 20, 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. Other early 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.) Last year's 10 piece campaign was called "Treats in the Streets" and featured classic ice cream treats. The 2015 Kickstarter project even help partially fund installing 3 of the pieces in Jyväskylä, Finland. I hope to install in a few more cities this year.

"Creamsicle" from the "Treats in the Streets" Series
"Creamsicle" from the "Treats in the Streets" 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.

"This is not a pothole. (anymore)" Michigan and Ohio, Downtown Chicago.
"This is not a pothole. (anymore)" Michigan and Ohio, Downtown Chicago.

It's early 2016 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. What I'm looking for is a little funding for this year's new series of pieces. Any funds raised beyond my goal will finance further installations. I have a ton of new ideas for future pieces!

"Gucci" West Loop, Chicago
"Gucci" West Loop, Chicago

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

Thank you for considering donating to the 2016 Pothole Project!

A POTHOLE sticker is your reward for a donation of $5!
A POTHOLE sticker is your reward for a donation of $5!
A POTHOLE patch is your reward for a donation of $7!
A POTHOLE patch is your reward for a donation of $7!
A signed fine art print, featuring one of the installations from the 2016 campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $25!
A signed fine art print, featuring one of the installations from the 2016 campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $25!
A pothole t-shirt, featuring one of the installations from the 2016 campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $45!
A pothole t-shirt, featuring one of the installations from the 2016 campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $45!
A signed, hard cover book about the pothole art project is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $100!
A signed, hard cover book about the pothole art project is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $100!

Risks and challenges

After about the 6th installation I think I have the technique down pat. (I've now done around 30 pieces of pothole art.) Temperature plays a big part of the process. It gets warm enough around April for the installations to set properly. Given my canvas is a city street, occasionally the artwork gets paved over or patched with asphalt. That comes with playing the street. 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, an installation takes about 2 days to complete.

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    • An 8" x 10" signed print of one of the pothole art installations from the 2016 campaign!
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    • A groovy, asphalt gray, designer T-shirt based on a piece installed during this year's new campaign!
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    • A signed, 16" x 20" print of a piece from the 2016 Pothole Art Installation campaign!
    • A signed, hard cover book documenting the Pothole Art Installation campaign!
    • A groovy, asphalt gray, designer T-shirt based on a piece installed during this year's new campaign!
    • A snazzy "Pothole" patch.
    • A cool "Pothole" sticker based on the oval design of those European "country of origin" bumper stickers.
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    • Assist on one of the Chicago-based 2016 installations and a studio visit!*
    • A signed, 18" x 24" print of a piece from the 2016 Pothole Art Installation campaign!
    • A signed, hard cover book documenting the Pothole Art Installation campaign!
    • A groovy, asphalt gray, designer T-shirt based on a piece installed during this year's new campaign!
    • A snazzy "Pothole" patch.
    • A cool "Pothole" sticker based on the oval design of those European "country of origin" bumper stickers.
    • Updates on the project emailed to you.

    *Installs will happen in Chicago (between April and September 2016) over two days, with about 2-3 hours of work each day (weather permitting.)

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