Look down, look down, don't look 'em in the eye.

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Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

In order to view the latest art in Chicago you have to venture outside, and while you're walking around, keep your eyes down.

I know, I know... it sounds like the rules from a Housemaid's Tale, but it's not.  Jim Bachor, who's become known as the 'pothole artist' has taken to filling and beautifying potholes.. and as of late he's taken to filling them with pandemic-related subject matter.

His artwork is in the form of mosaic, and they're pretty impressive as you can see here.

He began filling potholes in 2013 that had been neglected by the city for too long.  Those of you familiar with the city of Chicago and it's two seasons: (Winter and Construction) will understand that potholes are reviled in the city, and sometimes they're large enough to swallow a 1959 Desoto, fins and all.

Initially the city of Chicago took it as an offense... a statement that they weren't getting to the potholes quickly enough for the citizens, so they started filling them by themselves.  But they didn't pursue Mr. Bachor as they initially said they would.

His artwork has been irreverent including Cheetohs, and crushed beer cans. Recently he's turned his muse to using Covid-19 references in his artwork, these latest images from Gunnison, just west of Broadway.  Check them out, and enjoy.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

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Lise Howe
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these are great - I am going to send this post to my daughter and is supposed to be living in Chicago and going to school for her MBA at U Chicago- but instead she is studying on line and living in exile in Sarasota FL 

Apr 29, 2020 01:41 PM #1
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Linda Piper
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These are really great Alan - the city should embrace his efforts!

Apr 29, 2020 02:35 PM #2
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Hi Alan- I love it!!!! How do they look after people have been driving over them day in and day out?

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This is so cool!  I think I was in  Denver and saw some of the pot hole art....it was incredible!  It seemed so real!

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Good morning Alan May - what an interest guy and great to have him brighten up your potholes.

May 03, 2020 06:11 AM #6
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Doug Dawes
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All I can say is Wow!, Alan May I am always amazed at the creativity humans have

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Kat Palmiotti
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Wow what a fantastic idea. I was going to ask how these fared with cars driving over them, but you already answered Kathy Streib . I wonder if everyone avoids the toilet paper one, since TP is so revered.

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Very creative, love it, of course I come from the land of Banksy, and if the city feels more motivated to fill the potholes he is doing a service to the community as well.

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Talk about a public service. First, filling in the damn potholes - and secondly, adding art to the city. Bravo. 

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Hi Alan:

I think that's a terrific idea - a new, and useful, type of public art! I imagine it's a bit of a hazardous endeavor!

Jeff

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Oh, I love this, Alan! What a wonderful way to turn something dreadful into something delightful. Thanks for sharing this!

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Alan - I am wondering how he gets the Cheetohs to hold up!

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That's hillarious!   Thank you for the chuckles today.  What a cool thing to do!

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