Philadelphia is no stranger to street artists, both famous and infamous, especially when it comes to mosaics. Take a stroll through South Philadelphia and you’re sure to come across a number of works by local legend Isaiah Zagar. But it looks like there’s a new face in town – Chicago mosaic street artist (and foe of potholes nationwide) Jim Bachor has arrived! We’ve posted about Bachor and his vigilance against city potholes twice before, and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down any time soon.
Back in June, I posted about Chicago-based artist Jim Bachor who took it upon himself to tackle the city’s pothole problem by filling them with handmade tile mosaics. He’s recently popped up again with a new approach to his guerrilla pothole repair. He’s transitioned from mosaics featuring arbitrary serial numbers and simple descriptions (e.g. “POTHOLE”) to beautiful floral designs. So far, Bachor has given his floral mosaic treatment to four potholes throughout Chicago; locations and photos can be found on his website. He’s also been commissioned for some truly beautiful installations, photos of which can also be found on Bachor’s site.
After the winter season, city streets can wreak on your car. Winters in Chicago can be especially harsh: a recent pothole count reached the 600k mark. Sometime in 2013, Chicago artist Jim Bachor decided to rectify this problem with the art of handmade mosaics. While we tend to keep our focus on photo mosaics, we like to keep our ear to the ground with a wide range of mosaic projects. This project in particular really caught my attention.