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Around 17 years ago I learned the ancient art of the mosaic in Ravenna, Italy. The permanence of the art form is what drew me in 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 my experience in Italy, 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, the potholes cried out for something more resilient, and far more aesthetically pleasing than a patch of asphalt. Early concepts of the artwork that I first installed branded the pothole as an authentic "Chicago-style" pothole. Other, early creations included serial numbers (to represent the vast number of city potholes), phone numbers of nearby auto repair shops (to offer convenient access to auto wheel repairs) and even flowers (as a pretty juxtaposition to the universally ugly pothole.) My ten-piece 2015 campaign called "Treats in the Streets" featured classic ice cream treats. That Kickstarter project even help partially fund installing 6 pieces in Jyväskylä, Finland. In addition to Chicago installs, last year I was able to piggyback on existing travel plans and install new work in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Detroit, and Philadelphia. I hope to put new work in the ground in a few more cities this year if possible.

"Strawberry Shortcake" from the "Treats in the Streets" series.
"Strawberry Shortcake" from the "Treats in the Streets" series.

 

"Banana Peel" from the "Pretty Trashed" series.
"Banana Peel" from the "Pretty Trashed" series.

 

"Cheetos" from the "Pretty Trashed" series.
"Cheetos" from the "Pretty Trashed" series.

The project has been featured on news outlets from around the world including CBS Sunday Morning (click here), PBS, ABC News, the UK's Daily Mail, Oprah's magazine "O", Hyperallergic, and many others. A recent piece was even featured on the cover of the March 2017 issue of Chicago magazine.

March 2017 issue of Chicago Magazine
March 2017 issue of Chicago Magazine

It's early 2017 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! Take a look at my website (http://www.bachor.com/4600-north-kenton---map) to see examples of the pieces I've installed so far and check out the interactive map.

A $5 donation gets you a POTHOLE sticker while $7 gets you a patch!
A $5 donation gets you a POTHOLE sticker while $7 gets you a patch!

 

A signed print, featuring one of the installations from the 2017 campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for donations starting at $30!
A signed print, featuring one of the installations from the 2017 campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for donations starting at $30!

 

A pothole T-shirt, featuring one of the installations from the 2017 campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $50!
A pothole T-shirt, featuring one of the installations from the 2017 campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $50!

 

The 2nd edition of the pothole art installation book is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $100! (Signed copies are $125.) The 2nd edition will look different than this, but you get the idea.
The 2nd edition of the pothole art installation book is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $100! (Signed copies are $125.) The 2nd edition will look different than this, but you get the idea.

 

A quilted Pothole Art Project "Groundskeeper" jacket will keep you warm and stylish all winter and it can be your reward, along with a patch and sticker, for a contribution of $250.
A quilted Pothole Art Project "Groundskeeper" jacket will keep you warm and stylish all winter and it can be your reward, along with a patch and sticker, for a contribution of $250.

Thank you for considering donating to the 2017 Pothole Project!

Risks and challenges

After about the sixth installation I think I have the technique down pat. (I've now done around 45 pieces of pothole art.) Temperature plays a big part of the process and April is a good time for me to start, since it's usually warm enough for the mortar to set properly. Given that my canvas is a city street, the artwork occasionally gets paved over or patched with asphalt. But 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 and, when the weather cooperates, an installation takes about 2 days to complete.

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