Using gems and came glasswork, artist Victor Solomon has created a design project that takes fine art to the court. Literally Balling is a series of three basketball hoops featuring stained glass backboards and gold chain nets to bring the late Medieval fine arts courtside.
For each decadent board, the artist dedicated over a hundred hours of time and energy to cutting and shaping the colorful pieces, hand weaving the glittering nets, gold-plating the rim, and finally constructing the frame and mount.
Beyond simply a glorification of the game and its high-roller superstars, Solomon’s project maintains its cultural significance: “These stained glass backboards, painstakingly rendered in the traditional 'Tiffany-Style' began as a joke, but have tapped the zeitgeist—basketball as grounds for a new cultural and artistic epoch,” Solomon explains on Literally Balling’s website.
Below, check out the glimmering, glassy glory of Literally Balling: