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Kintsugi Court

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Written by Paul Strauss | August 8, 2020

In Japanese art, there’s a process called Kintsugi, a mending method which uses a mix of resin and gold powder to repair objects, accentuating the repair, rather than hiding it. Paying tribute to this tradition, artist Victor Solomon renovated a South L.A. basketball court using a similar method to fill in cracks in the court.

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The ancient Japanese technique of Kintsugi embellishes an object’s repair with gold to accentuate the healing as a formative part of it’s journey. To celebrate the sport of basketball as a universally accessible, class-agnostic, race-indifferent platform - and its ability to bring people together to heal in this important moment, my team and I renovated a dilapidated court in South Los Angeles, filing it’s cracks with gold dusted resin inspired by the historic process. With the sport’s official return this weekend after a heartbreaking beginning to 2020, the Kintsugi Court’s medium and message celebrate the solidarity basketball provides to unify against the backdrop of a polarized and divided zeitgeist. Sport can entertain, inspire and distract - but more apropos than all, the platform of sport can help us heal. @shafik

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