As a basketball player and huge fan of the game myself, I would love to shoot some hoops on the artwork hoops named Literally Balling Los Angeles based multimedia artist and VJ Victor Solomon has made. It gives shooting of the glass a totally new meaning and feel!
Victor apprenticed for a year under veteran glass masters to master the art of stained glass himself, so he could tell his story with these hoops. Stained glass is historically reserved for the religious, for the opulent, for royalty. Literally Balling connotes a host of disparate stories: 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 (because the backboard would shatter completely if used for the sport).
The result: the irony of luxury by way of elegant, playful, stained glass basketball backboards. Turning basketball into art. Victor himself, originally a filmmaker is very down to earth about the how and why of this new project for him:
"There are a lot of cultural metaphors that are wrapped in it—what with basketball's opulence, and what stained glass historically has meant back to medieval times, and only super rich people being able to afford it. But on a really simple level, I was like, That would just be a cool thing. I had no real pretense in getting it into the art world. It was just an idea that I had to manifest by whatever means necessary."