There’s a long history of art being used as a form of protest and I’m not going to go into it because I’m laughing at the pothole bugs a woman in Lincolnshire, England, painted. Karan Holland lost a tire—or “tyre” as they spell it on their side of the pond—to a pothole and decided to protest the local government’s delay in fixing it by spray painting a bug around it.
Normally when I see graffiti—or even a commissioned mural, or advertisement, on a wall or even on a road, it’s because it’s an empty space that someone decided to fill with something. Nature may not really abhor a vacuum but people like to fill space with stuff, although most of the time when someone decorates an empty space the plan is that whatever they’ve made will last. Holland’s drawing attention to the potholes hoping they’ll be filled. The local authorities claim she’s delaying the pothole repair because now they also have to clean the paint off the road, but I have a hard time believing that. Leaving the paint there wouldn’t hurt anything, unlike the potholes that have already been there a long time.
The real irony here, though, is that usually protest art criticizes something the government is doing, but she’s calling out the government for what it’s not doing.
She’s also painted the occasional penis around a pothole and something something filling a hole.