Kobe Bryant was mourned all over the world in various tributes made by his fans
By Nicole Ganglani
It’s been three weeks since the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and eight others who were killed in a helicopter crash. Since then, millions of Bryant’s fans from all over the world have made their own murals dedicated to their superhero and his daughter Gianna. The amount of murals for Bryant around the world just goes to show how much of an impact the five time NBA champion was to many. From the streets of Los Angeles to the basketball courts in the Philippines, here are some of the best Kobe Bryant murals made:
It’s no surprise that the Philippines made one of if not the best basketball court murals for Kobe—Manila loved Kobe like he was their own son. Plus, the sport of basketball is practiced like a religion in the country. The Kobe mural in Tenement Taguig was made in just 24-hours right after Bryant’s death—which also made its rounds all over the internet. Days after, another mural was made at Tenement, Sta Ana. These murals showed the world how the Philippines is dedicated to basketball and of course to their hero Kobe.
— Kobe Bryant Mural Locations (@kobemurals) February 8, 2020
In LA, there are murals of Kobe and his daughter in almost every corner. Kobe meant so much not just to the Lakers but also to the city—which he united and represented through his sheer love and dedication for the game.
"LEGENDS ARE FOREVER" pic.twitter.com/gHRH3WErtD
— Artist Replete (@artist_replete) February 4, 2020
A couple in California created this incredible 115-foot tall mural of Kobe Bryant in the grass. 👀👏
— theScore (@theScore) February 1, 2020
— Alysha Del Valle (@alyshadelvalle) February 8, 2020
Montedonzelli, Napoli, Italy
Kobe spent his childhood years in Italy and brought rise to the sport in the country when he played in the NBA. Days after his death, a mural court was made for Bryant as a tribute to how much he loved and represented the country across the globe. This court in Montedonzelli was abandoned for three years before Bryant’s death. It then refurbished and opened after the mural in honor of Kobe was made.
This court in Napoli, Italy had been abandoned for three years. Now, it’s alive and thriving again in Kobe’s honor.
His impact will forever be felt worldwide. 🌍 pic.twitter.com/Pezh231eNT
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) February 5, 2020
Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, New York
Kobe was mourned in the NBA in a number of ways. In Brooklyn, specifically by the Barclays Center, a mural for Kobe was made by a local artist named Efren Andaluz.
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In memory of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan. It's a bitter sweet feeling showing the world the finished painting that has gotten mass media coverage these last couple of days. This wasn't the greatest wall to paint on due to the grated garage doors and multiple changing surfaces but GOD gave me the capability to get it done. Although I'm a Long Island based artist I chose Brooklyn for the location of this mural and I couldn't have picked a better place. The amount of love and support I've recieved the last couple of days has been overwhelming and will leave a mark on my heart forever. Growing up a Lakers fan in New York is not easy but to see so many people who appreciate this legend is super dope. These photos are from last night right after I finished signing my name. A fan had left a yellow rose and candle that we lit in memory of all those we lost on January 26, 2020. If you're in Brooklyn make sure to stop by and pay respect to the legend. The original image I used as a reference was taken by the legendary LA photographer @jon.soohoo . I want to thank my brother @godkingblack7 for assisting me with the wall, 🎨@riebeart for donating the spray paint to make this wall come to life (best art store in Long Island), 🎨@sherwinwilliams of East Northport NY for donating the paint and supplies to prep the wall, 📷@alkre89 for these photos and most importantly GOD for always taking care of me. To @vanessabryant and all of the families affected may GOD strengthen and comfort all of you. Love, prayers and support – Andaluz…..Mamba Out! #ripkobeandgianna #ripkobe #kobetribute #kobemural #kobebryant #streetart #inmemory #lakernation #24 #8 #ripgigi #art #mural #brooklyn
Miami Beach, Florida
Meanwhile in Miami, a mural of Kobe was made by local street artist Ryan “Arcy” Christenson using only spray paint in just 24 hours.
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) January 29, 2020
Kountry Kloudz Smoke Shop, Tennessee
In Nashville, a mural of Kobe with a basketball hoop as a halo on his head and Gianna was made, accompanied by one of the five-time NBA champion’s most inspiring quotes. The masterpiece was created by Jose Vergas, a resident who spent four days painting this work of art.
— wilsoncorey (@nshvllin) February 3, 2020
Easey’s Burgers at 3/48 Easey St, Collingwood Australia
Kobe was also honored in Collingwood, Australia, with a mural by Twitter user @lushsux. Kobe visited Australia last March where he spent time with local athletes to talk about his stellar basketball career and retirement life.
— Adam Howes (@Howsito) January 28, 2020
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