Pothole ridden streets are dangerous and unsightly but a local artist in Chicago may have come up with a way to give commuters a smooth and esthetically soothing ride, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC].

Jim Bachor is an accomplished mosaic artist who came up with the idea of filling the potholes with unique works of art on a trip to Pompeii. He uses a technique that employs shards of marble and glass just as mosaic artists did 2,000 years ago. Bachor says a tour guide in Pompeii inspired him.

The guide pointed out that the mosaic works of art that adorn floors throughout the ancient city look just as they did when they were first created.

“I still don’t know if it’s legal or not, but I have had discussions with [Chicago] police through the years, about a half dozen, and once they know what I’m doing they don’t have an issue with it.”

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