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Funding Unsuccessful
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A $5 donation gets you a ROME POTHOLE sticker, $7 gets you a ROME POTHOLE patch and $10 gets you an original POTHOLE pin. $20 gets you all three items!
A $5 donation gets you a ROME POTHOLE sticker, $7 gets you a ROME POTHOLE patch and $10 gets you an original POTHOLE pin. $20 gets you all three items!

Around 19 years ago I was taught 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 helped partially fund installing 6 pieces in Jyväskylä, Finland. In addition to Chicago installs, I've been able to piggyback on existing travel plans and install new work in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Detroit, Nashville, New York and Philadelphia. 

"Bouquet" from the 2018 "Vermin of New York" series.
"Bouquet" from the 2018 "Vermin of New York" series.
"Bouquet" July 2018, New York City
"Bouquet" July 2018, New York City
$10 gets you an original POTHOLE or LIAR pin!
$10 gets you an original POTHOLE or LIAR pin!
A signed 18" x 24" poster featuring the popular "Treats in the Streets" campaign and a ROME patch and sticker for $30!
A signed 18" x 24" poster featuring the popular "Treats in the Streets" campaign and a ROME patch and sticker for $30!
A signed and numbered 18" x 24" limited edition (100) poster featuring this very popular install and a ROME patch and sticker for $35!
A signed and numbered 18" x 24" limited edition (100) poster featuring this very popular install and a ROME patch and sticker for $35!
A pothole T-shirt, featuring one of the installations from the ROME campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $55!
A pothole T-shirt, featuring one of the installations from the ROME campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $55!
For a donation of $60 a limited edition (of 50) 12" x 12" giclée print of "Pothole Rescue" by French artist Julie Baldassi! This signed and stamped print features my beloved pickup!
For a donation of $60 a limited edition (of 50) 12" x 12" giclée print of "Pothole Rescue" by French artist Julie Baldassi! This signed and stamped print features my beloved pickup!
"Hot Sauce Packets" Chicago, 2017
"Hot Sauce Packets" Chicago, 2017
 A signed and numbered limited edition print, featuring one of the installations from the 2019 ROME campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for donations starting at $45!
A signed and numbered limited edition print, featuring one of the installations from the 2019 ROME campaign, is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for donations starting at $45!
A toasty POTHOLE beanie along with a ROME patch and sticker is yours for $35!
A toasty POTHOLE beanie along with a ROME patch and sticker is yours for $35!
"Broccoli" Detroit, 2018
"Broccoli" Detroit, 2018
A signed and numbered copy of the 2nd limited edition (of 300) super deluxe Pothole Art book is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $125!
A signed and numbered copy of the 2nd limited edition (of 300) super deluxe Pothole Art book is your reward (along with a patch and sticker) for a donation of $125!
"The actual chicken that crossed the road" Chicago, 2018
"The actual chicken that crossed the road" Chicago, 2018
An authentic "Ebbets Field Flannels" ROME Pothole Art Project "Groundskeeper" quilted jacket (size L or XL) can be your reward, along with a patch and sticker, for a contribution of $250!
An authentic "Ebbets Field Flannels" ROME Pothole Art Project "Groundskeeper" quilted jacket (size L or XL) can be your reward, along with a patch and sticker, for a contribution of $250!
"Equal Birds" Jyväskylä, Finland 2015
"Equal Birds" Jyväskylä, Finland 2015

The project has been featured on news outlets from around the world including CBS Sunday Morning (click here) twice, 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.

It's early 2019 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. This year I'm looking for some funding for a campaign to be installed in Rome, Italy ~ where it all started for me! Take a look at my website bachor.com to see examples of pieces I've installed so far and check out the interactive map.

Thank you for considering donating to the 2019 ROME Pothole Project!

Risks and challenges

After about the sixth installation I had the technique down pat. (I've now done almost 80 pieces of pothole art.) Temperature plays a big part of the process and April/May 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 and possibly "interference" from the authorities. 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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