On 26th January 2021, news of the sudden death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant sent the world into mourning. There were seven other passengers in the helicopter when it crashed just outside of Calabasas, California.
To honour the victims that lost their lives on this horrendous day two years ago artist Dan Medina created a stunning bronze sculpture of Gianna & Kobe Bryant. He dragged the 150-pound sculpture up the steep hill to the crash site.
This sculpture is only temporary while Medina completes a much bigger version, which he prays will stay at the crash site forever. We believe the statue was only there for the anniversary day and removed in the evening until he can secure a permit for the bigger sculpture.
The names of the other victims are on the plaque below the sculpture including baseball coach John Altobello, the pilot and all five other passengers. It reads “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”
A sculpture of Kobe and Gigi Bryant on the anniversary of air disaster that claimed their lives and seven others is temporarily erected at the Calabasas crash site by sculptor Dan Medina. He pulled 150- pound bronze up the hill. It is a smaller of one of a life size he is making pic.twitter.com/72qhFfAgTq
— Richard Winton (@LAcrimes) January 26, 2022
Medina hopes to get permission for the larger sculpture and it truly would be the perfect tribute to one of the GOATs, not just on the court but as a father, friend, son and influencer.
Just some of his overall per game average stats:
- 25 points
- 5.2 rebounds
- 4.7 assists
- 1.4 steals