Street art can take many forms – from the regular spray on tags to moss graffiti, yarnbombing or even giant food sculptures made of discarded mattresses. But Chicago-based artist Jim Bachor really puts the "street" back in "street art" by filling cracked asphalt with bits of colorful mosaic tiles.
His project known as Treats in the Streets consists of a number of pothole installations scattered all around Chicago and covering some of the biggest eyesores known to big city dwellers.
Thanks to Jim, instead of an ugly ass pothole like this...
You get a street art piece that looks finger-lickin' good!
Bachor describes himself creator of "contemporary ancient mosaics" and told My Modern Met:
"Using the same materials, tools and methods of the archaic craftsmen, I create mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice. My work locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present."
Bachor makes his pothole installations from tiny, hand-cut pieces of Italian glass and marble. Asked why he chose to fill them ice cream, the artist told the Huffington Post:
"Potholes are universally hated/despised no matter who you are. Ice cream is (almost) universally loved."
"Strawberry Shortcake" is now ready for viewing! 10th of 10 in the "Treats in the Streets" series. Located at the intersection of Leavitt and 18th Place in Pilsen!Goodie bag attached to post on east side of street. Please post a pic if you're the one who nabs it! #bachor #jimbachor #treatsinthestreets #2015potholeartinstallations
"Ice Cream Sandwich" now ready for viewing! 9th of 10 in the "Treats in the Streets" series. Located at the intersection of Huron and Wood. Goodie bag attached to tree on east side of street. Please post a pic if you're the one who nabs it! #bachor #jimbachor #treatsinthestreets #2015potholeartinstallations
Matheus, a University of Chicago student, championed the drive to get a piece in Hyde Park on Chicago's south side. At the same time he set the standard for excellent pothole scouting. Sending me many photos, addresses and a map (!) resulted in the "Big Gulp" installation at Woodlawn and the Midway Plaisance. He lead his class (armed with portland cement filled Big Gulp cups!) in this celebration of the installation. Thank you again Matheus! #bachor #jimbachor #biggulp #universityofchicago #prettytrashed #2016potholeartinstallations #2015potholeartinstallations