Artist Patches Chicago Potholes With Delicious-Looking Ice Cream Mosaics

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There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day in the city than a delicious frozen treat, ideally dispensed by a smiling young person in a pastel-painted truck. But ice cream hits the urban streets in an entirely different way in the mosaics of Jim Bachor, an artist whose work in the medium was inspired by a trip to Pompeii, where he volunteered on an archeological dig. “In the ancient world, mosaics were used to capture images of everyday life. These colorful pieces of stone or glass set in mortar were the photographs of empires long past,” Bachor writes in his artist statement. His Treats in the Streets series, which we spotted via Beautiful/Decay, is a perfect contemporary adaptation of this idea — that also happens to look good enough to eat. Best of all, the artworks serve a practical purpose: they’re patching potholes in Chicago. Click through to see a selection of highlights from the series.

Image credit: Jim Bachor

Image credit: Jim Bachor

Image credit: Jim Bachor

Image credit: Jim Bachor

Image credit: Jim Bachor

Image credit: Jim Bachor

Image credit: Jim Bachor