Kobe Bryant, legendary NBA basketball player, and his daughter Gigi Bryant were honored by a sculptor who crafted a bronze statue on Wednesday, January 26th, the 2-year anniversary of the fatal helicopter crash at the site in Calabasas.
The statue stands tall in all its bronze glory, weighing a whopping 160 pounds. Kobe and his daughter are etched in bronze, both wearing basketball uniforms and sharing loving glances as Kobe sweetly rests his hand on Gigi’s shoulder.
The sculptor, Dan Medina, greeted fans who came to admire his sculpture as paid respect to the late basketball icon, entrepreneur and well-loved Kobe. Medina admitted that he decided and wanted pay tribute to the Kobe Bryant, on his own accord, by building this beautiful statue.
Medina expressed, “I decided to bring it up from sunrise to sunset and create a bit of a healing process for fans.” People wanted to express their appreciation and gratitude as “The Black Mamba” impacted millions of people’s lives as a role model, sports idol, and a positive force in this beautiful world.
The statue features engraved names of the nine victims that lost their lives on that helicopter on January 26, 2020, along with Kobe and his daughter. The writing also included a quote by Bryant, “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”
And that is true. His impact and memory will forever stay with the culture and history of the world.
“Today was special because I witnessed a lot of that. People would come up and they would leave with some sort of satisfaction.”
Engraved on the statue’s steel pedestal are the names of all nine victims of the early morning crash in foggy weather on Jan. 26, 2020. It also includes an inscription of Bryant’s famous quote: “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”