15 Creative Ways Artists Are Filling The World’s Potholes

London, Paris, Chicago, and Canadian artists make something of the gaps.

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Worldwide, potholes bring us drivers together. Whether we embark over London alleys, Parisian rues, or American highways, we bump and jostle with pothole erosion and bring our collective fist into the air–cursing a government that won’t do us the good service, use our tax money, and fix our gosh-darn roads.

Luckily, these incredible artists have found beauty in the great road gaps. Check out modern-day pothole art, all over the world.

Sweet Home Chicago:

Chicago’s manic streets jump and jive with wide-spread potholes. After a particular northern Chicago pothole crumbled too far, local artist Jim Bachor began piecing together the city streets with these illustrious mosaics. Find a map of them here.

1. The Firecracker.

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2. Lickity Split.

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3. Peaceful Pothole Protest.

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4. Puddle Pop.

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The London Pothole Gardener:

Guerilla gardener Steve Wheen curates tiny worlds of beauty in these nooks and crannies around East London. The best part? Wheen has inspired a world of contributing pothole gardeners, brightening pavement crags from Germany to Australia.

1. City Escape.

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2. A Peaceful View.

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3. Guerilla Garden Warfare.

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4. Chipper Cothesline.

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5. Bike Pothole Pit Stop.

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Paris Pothole Persuasion:

Parisian artist Juliana Santacruz Herrera creates these stunning yarn displays in the otherwise grey and gritty streets of pothole-laden Paris–literally stitching the arrondissements back together.

1. Seine Stitching.

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2. Tucked in the Rue.

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3. The City of Light (and Color).

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Montreal Artists Fill Potholes with Imagination:

When Canadian photographers Claudia Ficca and Davide Luciano (found at mypotholes.com) crashed into a Montreal pothole, a brilliant creative plan erupted forth: to highlight the burps and bulges in the world’s pavement with their photography. Their imaginative images surrender against the backdrops of New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Montreal.

1. The Grape Escape.

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2. Spaghetti Sauced City.

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3. Down the Rabbit Pothole.

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How bad are the potholes in your city? Have a creative (or just funny) idea to fill them? Tell us in the comments!