Exclusive: ESPN commissions amazing Dwyane Wade artwork for TV special

Artist Joe Iurato creates stunning set for a new ESPN show.

ESPN's upcoming interview special "NBA Face to Face With Hannah Storm" features interviews with several NBA players leading up to the NBA Playoffs, including Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade.

Artist Joe Iurato shared these exclusive photos with Hot Hot Hoops that shows the behind-the-scenes process, created with stencils and paint, of the set which was created inside an old empty warehouse in New Jersey.

Joe also spoke to HHH about how the project began.

"I was fortunate to receive an email a few months back from Gustavo Coletti, a features producer for ESPN. His vision for this NBA edition of "Face to Face with Hannah Storm" fell right in line with the style of art I create, which is mainly done with stencils and spray paint. I'd done a fair amount of sports related commissions in the past, and I was always particularly into doing the NBA stuff. Urban art and basketball, at their roots, share a great synergy. So, of course I was thrilled to take on the job.

"The idea was to create portrait installations in a raw space, with each one specific to a different interview in the show. I brought two good friends and fellow artists to work with me on the project, Logan Hicks and Rubin. Together, we created four installations inside of a 200,000 square foot vacant factory in Jersey City, NJ, which was offered to us by Mana Contemporary without limitations. We could paint the walls, windows, stairwells, anything. Nothing was off-limits. And for two days, we had a blast creating art in this massive space while the ESPN film crew followed us around with some serious gear. It was a great experience, and I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Gustavo for letting do our thing with very little interruption. Also, many thanks to Hannah Storm and ESPN. It was a pleasure to work on this one."

Iurato, who had already worked with Wade in the past, created these murals using "layers of hand cut paper and spray paint to create texture and form - a modern adaptation of an old-fashioned printing process," according to his website.

A sneak preview of the Wade interview has been posted here on HHH, but the full 12-minute segment will air on "NBA Face To Face With Hannah Storm" this Friday (4/18) on ESPN at 7PM and re-airs on ESPN2 at 11PM.

For more on Iurato, check out his website and make sure to follow him on Twitter and/or Instagram @joeiurato.

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