NBA Artist Victor Solomon Breaks Down Process Behind Kintsugi Basketballs

Victor Solomon is best known around the NBA—and in the art world at large—for his stained glass backboards. But the man behind "Literally Balling" sees the peak of his project in a different program: Moonshot VS.004.

In a collaboration with ceramicist Brock DeBoer, Victor created 33 hand-painted porcelain basketballs, smashed them with a hammer and pieced them back together with gold dust and resin using a centuries-old Japanese reconstructive process known as Kintsugi.

Watch as Victor explains the how and why behind Moonshot VS.004, and be sure to check out CloseUp360's feature on the sculptor's meteoric rise up the ranks of creators in the realm of sports.


Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.