The NBA Legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, alongside seven others, died in a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas on January 26, 2020.
Nothing has been the same since the tragic news broke about the terminal helicopter accident that stole a total of nine lives, including one of the city’s most cherished athletes, Kobe Bryant. Throughout his 20-season career with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant managed to win more than just legendary games, championships, MVP awards, and even an Oscar — he also won over the hearts of dedicated Angelenos. Whether you grew up cheering for him or against him, there’s no denying that people across the globe recognized and adored Bryant’s Mamba Mentality and love for the game. [Featured Image: @kobemural]
Thousands of fans made their way to the Staples Center to remember the late basketball superstar, his teenage daughter Gianna, and the other seven people whose lives were taken too soon. An outpouring collection of flowers, candles, love letters, basketballs, and other mementos were left outside the famous sports arena and the offerings continued to grow bigger by the day. The Staples Center began cleared the makeshift memorial site on Monday, making sure to catalog the gifts as well as ship a few of the items to Bryant’s wife Vanessa, per her request. The flowers were composted and spread around the plants surrounding the Staples Center.
G8 job by men/women @LALIVE went from Sun 2 Mon in just 12 hrs Due 2 massive #of items: 1353 b-ball’s,14 banners total length/width 520’x8’, >25k candles,5k of signs/letters/flags, >500 stuffed animals & >350 pr/shoes we will store & @Lakers will advise next steps pic.twitter.com/tWw2kIEw9m
— Lee Zeidman (@LeeZeidman) February 3, 2020
If you didn’t get the chance to make it over to the “house that Kobe Bryant built” to pay your respects, dozens of artists have created beautiful murals around the city so that basketball fans and Black Mamba admires alike could remember the legacy in which the 41-year-old father and husband left behind. From The Valley all the way down to Newport (where Bryant and his family have lived and commuted to and from the L.A. area for the past few years), these beautiful murals play an important role in expressing how important it is for us all to come together. Energy never dies!
Here are the murals honoring the star player around Los Angeles and Orange County area, and where to find them.
Note: Some have been removed and new ones have been added. You can find up-to-date information and whereabouts of all the L.A. murals at this dedicated website by Mike Asner. You can also follow them on Instagram here.
1. The Venice Beach Boardwalk (removed)
2. Marina Del Rey (removed)
3. Studio City
4. South La Cienega
5-8. Melrose Avenue
9. Fairfax District
10. Mid-Wilshire (removed)
Who made it? L.A.-based street artist Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash.
Where do I go? 1251 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019. See it on Google maps.
12. Staples Center
13-14. Boyle Heights
15-16. Downtown Los Angeles
17. Costa Mesa
18. Sunset Blvd
19-20. Fashion District
21. South Central
23. The Argyle Hollywood
24. North Hollywood
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