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Murals Paying Tribute To Kobe Bryant Around L.A. And Where To Find Them

By Malia Wooten February 24, 2020

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.

 

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)

Who made it? Tattoo artist and muralist Nerja Malaga.
Where do I go? 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291. See it on Google maps.

2. Marina Del Rey (removed)

Who made it? Street artist Sophie Mazzaro.
Where do I go? 7 Washington Blvd, Venice 90291. See it on Google maps.

3. Studio City

Who made it? Artist Art Gozukuchikyan aka ArToon.
Where do I go? 11467 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. See it on Google maps.

4. South La Cienega

Photo by @our_disneygram

Who made it? Artist Art Gozukuchikyan aka ArToon.
Where do I go? 2450 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034. See it on Google maps.

5-8. Melrose Avenue

Who made it? Venice-based artist and muralist @gz.jr.
Where do I go? 7753 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. See it on Google maps.

Who made it? Long Beach-based artist JCRo.
Where do I go? 7725 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. See it on Google maps.

@kobemural

Who made it? Artist @isaacpelayo ⁣⁣⁣
Where do I go? 4420 W Victory Blvd, Burbank⁣, CA 91505. See it on Google maps.

Who made it? Painter and designer @paintedprophet
Where do I go? 7751 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046. See it on Google maps.

9. Fairfax District

Who made it? Local artist Levi Ponce.
Where do I go? 100 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. See it on Google maps.

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.

11. Mid-City

Who made it? Venice-based muralist Jules Muck.
Where do I go? 4566 Pickford St, Los Angeles, CA 90019. See it on Google maps.

12. Staples Center

Who made it? Sports muralist Jonas Never.
Where do I go? 1337 Lebanon St, Los Angeles, CA 90015. See it on Google maps.

13-14. Boyle Heights

Who made it? Visionary muralist Vela.
Where do I go? 2200 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033. See it on Google maps.

Who made it? L.A.-based sign painter @downtowndaniel.
Where do I go? 2471 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023. See it on Google maps.

15-16. Downtown Los Angeles

Who made it? L.A-based artist Chris Chanyang Shim.
Where do I go? 800 E. 4th St., Los Angeles 90013. See it on Google maps.

Who made it? L.A.-based artist @pauldanielsart.
Where do I go? 939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015. See it on Google maps.

17. Costa Mesa

Who made it? Artist Tykewitnesawr.
Where do I go? 739 W 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. See it on Google maps.

18. Sunset Blvd

Who made it? Venice-based muralist Jules Muck.
Where do I go? 8495 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood 90069. See it on Google maps.

19-20. Fashion District

Who made it? LA-artist @rubenrojas
Where do I go? 2101 S San Pedro St Los Angeles, CA 90011. See it on Google maps.

Who made it? L.A. artist and massive Laker fan @sloe_motions
Where do I go? 1361 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90015. See it on Google maps.

21. South Central

Who made it? LA-artist @rubenrojas
Where do I go? 3707 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007. See it on Google maps.

22. Koreatown

Who made it? Tattoo artist @figuerstudio
Where do I go? 2377 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006. See it on Google maps.

23. The Argyle Hollywood

Who made it? Creative director, art director, and painter @kate.jjj
Where do I go? 1600 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028. See it on Google maps.

24. North Hollywood

Who made it? L.A.-based artist @isaacpelayo
Where do I go? 4420 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505. See it on Google maps.

@kobemural

Who made it? Artist and muralist @gz.jr ⁣
Where do I go? 5873 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (near @thegrovela)⁣. See it on Google maps.


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