For some basketball is a religion, a devotion to a sport where court time is sacred. Artist Victor Solomon’s stunning stained glass blackboards have taken that narrative and combined it with the luxury aesthetic and discipline of a craft normally reserved for opulent interior designs of texture and rich colours.
Those characteristics have been poured into his company Literally Balling –meticulously cut, soldered and assembled backboards crafted with historical accuracy to the traditional Tiffany Style.
The result is elegant evocative parallel to a sport that has a host of disparate narratives: a religious devotion to sport; the athlete as modern-day king of court; the proletarian drift of basketball from project pick-up games to newfound cultural heights; even a cautionary comment on the fragility of luxury.”
photos courtesy of Literally Balling