A Chicago artist known for filling city potholes with his colorful and sometimes comical mosaics has once again hit downtown streets, this time leaving a political message at the president’s doorstep.
A mosaic Russian flag, with “LIAR” spelled out in white, sits ahead of a weathered sewer grate on Wabash Avenue not far from Trump Tower.
The artist behind the statement, Jim Bachor, is known for his less political Chicago pothole art, which he has been producing for years in the city.
Bachor posted two photos Tuesday on Instagram of his latest work that garnered thousands of likes and comments—some encouraging, some dissenting.
“Public art reaches hundreds of thousands, starts conversations [and] provokes thought,” one user commented. “Hateful comments only reach a few. That’s why they hate. They lack an audience.”
“I hope you trip [and] fall into the next pothole,” another writes.
According to the Chicago Tribune, this is Bachor’s first overtly political work on display.
Bachor told the Tribune he hopes to explain the art as a form of protest to his 11-year-old twin sons.
“I wanted to have an answer for them when they get older (when they asked) if I did anything to protest those dark Trump months when he was in office,” Bachor told the newspaper. “I didn’t want to look back and say, ‘Geez, I just sat on my hands and didn’t do anything.'”
Bachor’s previous works of art have included floral, food or city-themed designs that have garnered the attention of residents as the pothole issue in Chicago continues to be a point of contention.
“I just think it’s fun to add that little bit of spark into (an) issue that people moan about,” he told NBC Chicago in 2014.
According to city data, there have been more than 540 potholes filled in Chicago in the last week alone.
Bachor said he was first drawn to the ancient art form because of its ability to last.
The artist added that has a few other pieces related to President Donald Trump but has not decided if they will be filling any potholes anytime soon, the Tribune reports.
Trump denounced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign’s ties with Russia Thursday. Trump called “the entire thing a witch hunt” that “hurts our country terribly.”
“There is no collusion between, certainly myself, and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians–zero,” Trump said during a news conference Thursday. “We have a very divided country because of that and many other things.”
Trump Tower in Chicago has been the scene of numerous protests and demonstrations since the president took office. In November, nearly 2,000 protesters rallied around the tower chanting slogans and carrying signs.
Published at 11:02 PM CDT on May 18, 2017 | Updated 3 minutes ago