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Chicago's Whimsical Pothole Artist Gets Political With 'Liar' Mosaic

Bachor posted two photos Tuesday on Instagram of his latest work that garnered thousands of likes and comments—some encouraging, some dissenting.

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    Jim Bachor previously created floral-themed art. This video from May 2015 shows him focused on summer treats. (Published Friday, May 19, 2017)

    A Chicago artist known for filling city potholes with his colorful and sometimes comical mosaics has now left a political message at the president's doorstep.

    A mosaic of a 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 less overtly partisan Chicago pothole art like ice cream sandwiches and flowers, which he has been producing for years in the city. 

    This is Bachor's first overtly political work on display, aaccording to the Chicago Tribune

    Bachor posted two photos Tuesday on Instagram of the anti-Trump mosaic. The posts 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 wrote.

    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 include floral, food or city-themed designs that have attracted the attention of residents as the pothole issue in Chicago continues to be a point of contention.

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    "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 he 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 reported.

    Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation could not immediately comment on whether the city plans to pave over the latest work of art. 

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    Trump has vigorously denied any connections to Russia, calling investigations into possible collusion "a witch hunt" that "hurts our country terribly."

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    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.