Basketball goals aren’t usually the most visually pleasing things, but artist Victor Solomon decided to change that with his basketball backboard art!
When you think of basketball, do you think of glamour? Beads? How about stained glass? Surely not. Or, I certainly didn’t. (If you do, that’s a little weird.) The first images that come to my mind when I think of basketball are sneakers, balls, and Bugs Bunny. Yes, Space Jam was one of my favorite movies while growing up. But, that’s beside the point. Basketball is not known for being artistic. Well, your opinions are about to change after seeing the amazing artwork from Victor Solomon’s Literally Balling project.
Solomon somehow manages to turn a simple basketball hoop into a stunning piece of stained glass wall art. Each backboard is made of custom stained glass, designed, cut, and soldered by Solomon. Each board is then accented by gold plated rims, and nets created from beads, gems, or gold chain. The results look somewhere between a high style chandelier and a stained glass window.
Stained glass art tends to be reserved for places like churches. The visual juxtaposition of a material popularly used for religious purposes transferred over into sports is initially rather odd. However, it’s often said that sport is like a religion. Fans can become so fascinated with the sport of basketball that they essentially have a religious devotion to it.
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Typically, a basketball goal is a simple object. There’s a backboard, rim, and net. Frankly, I’ve played many a game without a net at all. Basketball goals can be very humble objects. They’re almost identical whether on a street court or in an NBA stadium. But the players are not identical. I think these goals show off just how far a person can go from their humble beginnings. After all, most people can’t afford a gold plated rim.
My favorite part about this project? It started out as a joke between friends. And now Solomon has sold stained glass pieces to Rick Ross and art collectors. Not too shabby for a joke! Plus, before this project he’d never even worked with stained glass! I wish my friends and I could come up with jokes that profitable!
I’ve painted on baseballs before, but I never imagined painting on a backboard… let alone turning one into a piece of glass art! I may not have the skills to create a stained glass basketball goal, but I am very tempted to go out and paint the old backboard at my mom’s house! So what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these unique pieces of art! Don’t forget to comment and share!
**All images c/o Victor Solomon