This time with an emphasis on beautification, mosaic maker Jim Bachor is back at it again. Mortar is mortar. In the ancient world, mosaics were used to capture images of everyday life. These colorful pieces of stone or glass set in mortar were the photographs of empires long past. My work locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present … it surprises the viewer while challenging long-held notions of what a mosaic should be. What else can claim that kind of staying power? An ancient mosaic looks exactly as intended by the artist who produced it over two millennia ago. Flowering Potholes: Lovely Tile Plants Fill Ugly Street Voids
An uniquely elegant solution to a dirty everyday problem, these gorgeous handcrafted tile mosaics are turning unfilled potholes back into functional pieces of city street surface all over Chicago. Like low-tech pixels, hundreds if not thousands of tiny, hand-cut pieces of Italian glass and marble comprise my work.”
Comment on Facebook “Using the same materials, tools and methods of the archaic craftsmen, I create mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice.