For the past several years, local artist Jim Bachor has been sprucing up potholes in the Windy City with fragments of functional, unexpected beauty by filling in the gaps in the pavement with his art. Now he has a new array of work in the Uptown neighborhood that calls attention to the totems of the coronavirus era.
The new mosaics feature a can of Old Style lager, a roll of toilet paper, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and a hexagram, all outlined with colorful nimbuses and radiating white lines that evoke religious iconography. They’re similar in style to his earlier work, which has featured colorful, soft subjects like bouquets of flowers that stand in stark contrast to the surrounding pavement.