Recently, colorful works of art have been appearing within potholes along Chicago's deteriorated roadways. To make these scarred areas beautiful, artist Jim Bachor has started filling cracked asphalt with mosaics of ice cream for a project known as Treats in the Streets. Each piece perfectly blends in with the road, adding a delightful effect to a neglected and seemingly dull area. The best part is that these pieces will most likely last for a long time, since they are made of sturdy glass and durable marble.
This playful project is also occurring in Finland, where Bachor has surprised pedestrians with mosaics of flowers. “Using the same materials, tools and methods of the archaic craftsmen, I create mosaics that speak of modern things in an ancient voice. My work locks into mortar unexpected concepts drawn from the present. By harnessing and exploiting the limitations of this indestructible technique, my work surprises the viewer while challenging long-held notions of what a mosaic should be. Like low-tech pixels, hundreds if not thousands of tiny, hand-cut pieces of Italian glass and marble comprise my work,” explained the creative craftsman.