As the world grieves the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, memorials continue to be erected in their name. But the vigils and memorials are just one way fans are expressing their sorrow for the fallen former Laker player. From the Philippines to Los Angeles, artists are showing their love for Kobe and Gianna through beautiful mural renderings.
While new developments continue to unfold in this shocking crash, there has been some new insight into what happened on the morning of Jan. 26. Officials are now saying that the helicopter didn’t have a terrain awareness system in place — which was not mandatory. But it could have helped warned the pilot he was too close to land. Because of the dense fog, the pilot, Ara Zobayan, wasn’t able to see how close he was flying around the mountains of Calabasas.
“Certainly, TAWS could have helped to provide information to the pilot on what terrain the pilot was flying in,” Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board said yesterday, according to the New York Post.
We will update with further developments. Until then let’s take a look at how artists are remembering the former Laker and his 13-year-old daughter.
L.A.-based artists Muck Rock and Mr79lt painted a touching portrait of Kobe and Gianna that has a banner with the words, “Kobe and GiGi forever. Daddy’s Girl”.
Someone has painted a portion of Central Square Graffiti Alley with a stunning tribute to Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi Bryant.
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) January 27, 2020
In Boston’s Central Square Graffiti Alley, an artist painted Kobe and Gianna as angels. Kobe discussed in numerous videos how much he loved being with his kids and how his daughter, Gianna, possessed the same passion for basketball as he did.
So @lushsux just completed this epic Kobe Bryant tribute mural here in Melbourne. Easily one of the best things you will see today. #Mamba4Life pic.twitter.com/W1eZ840SOQ
— Adam Howes (@Howsito) January 28, 2020
Artist Lushsux painted a tribute to Kobe in his Lakers’ jersey. This painting shows Bryant in his most recognizable look, wearing the famous purple and yellow Laker uniform. He will be a Laker forever.
The pain of Kobe’s death is without borders. This is the famed Tenement basketball court in Manila today, where work is still ongoing on a tribute mural. The hand-painted court is surrounded by candles and personal tributes. Amazing work by @IamMikeSwift and his team. pic.twitter.com/BE4ynZ4lju
— Wayne Drehs (@espnWD) January 27, 2020
At a tenement basketball court, a mural is painted on the ground that shows Kobe embracing his daughter Gianna. It was created by Mike Swift. There are other artworks around Manila that also pay tribute to Kobe. It’s amazing to see how much he was adored by people all over the world.
A mural honoring the late Kobe Bryant is in the works at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark in Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/VKV4gwrv8o
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) January 27, 2020
The Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark in Atlanta is filled with amazing murals from countless artists. We’re so thrilled to see this new mural honoring Kobe is now among them. We hope more artists in Atlanta will erect their own Kobe and Gianna murals as well.
Studio City, Los Angeles
There are so many touching tributes to the late Kobe Bryant, but this one in Studio City is so beautiful because it includes his daughter and they’re both looking up. Kobe is known to have his jersey in his mouth during tense games. His daughter did the same thing!
More murals continue to be worked on right now, including the one above in Miami. We will update this post as we become aware of new murals throughout the world.