Kobe Bryant’s passing was a huge loss to the world. Its been two years since the basketball player passed away after a deadly helicopter crash. As a remembrance, the crash site is now being marked a beautiful sculpture.
Tributes to the Bryants and the other victims of the crash have poured in on the death anniversary Wednesday. Athletes and celebs from all over the world are remembering Black Mamba on social media. Dan Medina, a sculptor in Los Angeles has honored Kobe and Gigi on their death anniversary.
TMZ Sports repots that Medina created the 160-pound bronze figure and pulled it up to the scene in Calabasas via a wagon on Wednesday. The sculpture is only a temporary piece, Medina says he’ll haul it back down at sunset. The sculptor told TMZ that he’s hoping the city will allow him to put up a larger, more life-sized version permanently at the site.
The statue depicts Kobe in a Lakers uniform with his arm around Gigi, who’s also in a basketball uniform holding a ball. “Heroes come and go,” words on the base of the statue read, “but legends are forever.” Medina also added the names of all nine of the victims who tragically died in the helicopter crash.
On January 26, 2020, a helicopter carrying Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others crashed in heavy fog in Calabasas. This resulted in the death of all nine people aboard. Kobe, Gigi and the others were on their way to a girls basketball game.
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