A pothole near Trump Tower in Chicago has been fixed, but not by the city: Jim Bachor, an artist known for his pothole installations of whimsical mosaic designs, recently installed a new piece that pointedly reads, “LIAR.”
The street art was his small but durable protest against the current president, Bachor told The Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. The artist, a stay-at-home father to 11-year-old twin boys, told HuffPost via email, “If [my sons] asked if I did anything to protest those dark Trump months he was in office ― I didn’t want my answer to be ‘nothing.’”
The red, white and blue striped mosaic is bordered by real gold tiles, bringing together the design of Russia’s flag with President Donald Trump’s magpie-like obsession with precious metal. Bachor also pointed out that the piece was installed “near a drain (for that swamp)” and, thanks to being ensconced in the road itself, will be difficult to remove quickly.
“I call it a semipermanent ‘visual scream’ that can state what I think 24 hours a day,” he told HuffPost. Plus, it does an undeniable social good: filling in a pothole that had thus far gone unfixed by the government.
Bachor actually finished the mosaic in January, around the time of the inauguration, but he was finally able to get it in the street this month; he needs the temperature to be above 60 degrees to set his pothole installations properly. As it turns out, the weather provided impeccable timing, as the stream of concerning news out of the White House has recently escalated to a torrent.
Most of Bachor’s past pothole mosaics have been apolitical, featuring stylized popsicles, ice cream cones and other innocent images. This might not be his last protest work, however. He told HuffPost he has “a couple more ready to go,” but said, “I’m gonna probably let this cool down a bit before doing another political piece.”
CORRECTION: This article previously misidentified the composition of the mosaic, associating it incorrectly with American colors rather than the Russian design.