Isn't it great, when you're strolling around town, to spot something that makes you smile? Treats in the streets...
If you live in Chicago, you may have spied some of Jim Bachor’s unique art pieces. They've quickly become popular but they can’t be found in museums or galleries. That's because Jim is a street artist who's been filling Chicago’s street potholes with fine mosaic art. He uses miniature pieces of marble and glass, and tries to explore serious topics with a humorous twist.
The mosaics that became really popular were the ones of a toilet paper and hand sanitizer. “It’s really trying to pull out the positive out of a negative,” the artist said when asked if he was trying to make fun of it.
In the ancient world, mosaics were used to capture images of everyday life. By setting pieces of glass or marble into mortar, an image was permanently set, ensuring its story would be told through eternity. By using this ancient technique, Jim Bachor is able to speak of modern things in an ancient voice.
"These are tough, uncertain times and there’s nothing fun about it," he says. "The virus applies to us all - rich, poor, young, old, etc. it doesn’t matter who you are, you can’t buy your way out of it. I’m a pretty upbeat person but it’s difficult to find humor in these unsettling days."
"I'm gonna do it till the day I die, until I can't," said Jim when a journalist asked him how long he is planning to keep doing this. "I wouldn't say it's a good way to make a living, but it's a great career! You know, when you love what you do and a lot of people like what you do, how could you not continue to do that as long as possible as an artist?"