A sculpture pays tribute to the life of Kobe and Gigi Bryant at the site of the helicopter crash two years after the tragedy
Two years after the tragic death of Kobe and Gigi Bryant a statue was placed at the crash site in their honor.
California Artist, Dan Medinatold TMZ that the 160-pound statue was delivered to the Calabasas crash site by a boxcar on Wednesday.
According to Medina, the patch is temporary, but she will take it down when the sun goes down. She also said she wanted the city to be able to permanently install a larger, more life-size version of the site.
The statue shows Kobe Bryant in a Lakers uniform with his arms crossed around Gigi in a basketball uniform holding a basketball. In the base of the statute, Medina added the names of the nine victims who tragically died in the helicopter crash on Calabasas Hill.
A bronze sculpture of basketball great Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi, has been temporarily erected at the Calabasas crash site to mark the 2nd anniversary of the disaster which also claimed the lives of 7 other people. Sculptor Dan Medina pulled the 150-pound sculpture up a steep hill. #girldaddy pic.twitter.com/L8ln4OtZSq
—Richard Winton (@LAcrimes) January 26, 2022
Gigi Bryant was thirteen at the time of her death, while her father and NBA legend Kobe Bryant was 41.
Kobe left behind his wife, Vanessa, whom he married in 2001. The couple had four daughters Gianna, Natalia, Bianka and Capri.
Fan tributes are pouring in from all over the world.
The Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna with a photo of the NBA star kissing his daughter, Gigi, on the forehead on the court at a basketball game. “Family is forever,” the post read.
Family is forever 🖤 pic.twitter.com/OkjOI6oplm
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 26, 2022
Vannessa Bryant has posted several photos in recent weeks in memory of her two loved ones.
Gianna Gigi Bryant was a talented basketball player and was on her way to becoming a star in her own right.
Kobe retired in 2016 but was an active sportsman and even received an Oscar for the animated short, Dear Basketball.
On January 26, NBA legend Gigi and six others were on a private plane for the second day of Gigi’s basketball tournament when the plane crashed.
Gigi and Kobe shared a special bond about their love for basketball. Kobe bragged about being a father of daughters and once said, “I’d have five more daughters if I could. I’m a daughter, daddy.
The legacy of the father/daughter duo will live on forever, and people will always remember the two for their great relationship and love of basketball.