A Chicago artist is transforming potholes into pandemic-themed mosaics (PHOTOS)

May 11 2020, 8:54 am

Chicago-based artist Jim Bachor is finding inspiration for his work in the unlikeliest of places, the current COVID-19 pandemic.

For years, the artist has been decorating potholes with creative and beautiful mosaics across the Windy City, but his latest works have one overarching theme: coronavirus.

“My work consists mostly of subjects and ideas not traditionally seen in classic mosaic art,” Bachro writes on his Facebook page. “The subject matter of ancient mosaics usually consisted of religious or geometric imagery. I love the idea of turning this classic art form on its head and giving it a modern twist.”

Bachor created three pieces called the “Holy Trinity,” that pokes fun at some of the most absurd scenarios that the global pandemic has created, such as the overwhelming hoarding of toilet paper, hand sanitizer and alcohol.

 

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Unfortunately, a piece featuring a beer can entitled “Old Style,” was damaged when a flatbed truck driver ran over a couple of traffic cones protecting the artwork.

“Art can’t be saved,” Bachor wrote on Instagram, “It could have if I were in the comfort of my studio — but the rules on the street are different!”

 

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Bachor finding inspiration and humour from the current state of the world is an excellent example that only goes to show how creativity can be found anywhere.

If you’d like to add one of these beautiful mosaics to your home, you can purchase prints through Bachor’s website.

Bachor’s work can be seen below:

 

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