Two years after the tragic deaths of Kobe and Gigi Bryant, a statue has been placed at the crash site in their honor.
California artist, Dan Medina, told TMZ that the 160-pound statue was delivered to the Calabasas crash scene by a wagon on Wednesday.
According to Medina, the piece is temporary, but she’ll remove it at sunset. She also said she wants 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 folded around Gigi in a basketball uniform holding a basketball. In the base of the statute, Medina added the names of all nine victims who tragically died in the helicopter crash on the Hillside of Calabasas.
A bronze sculpture of basketball great Kobe Bryant & daughter, Gigi, was erected temporarily at the Calabasas crash site on the 2nd anniversary of the disaster that also claimed the lives of 7 others. Sculptor Dan Medina pulled the 150-lbs sculpture up a steep hill. #girldad pic.twitter.com/L8ln4OtZSq
— Richard Winton (@LAcrimes) January 26, 2022
Gigi Bryant was thirteen at the time of her death, while her dad and NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, was 41 years young.
Kobe left behind his wife, Vanessa, whom he married in 2001. The couple had four daughters Gianna, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.
Tributes from fans are pouring all across the world.
The Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to Kobe and Gianna with a picture of the NBA star kissing his daughter, Gigi, on the forehead on the courtside of 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 posted several photos in the past 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 short animated film, Dear Basketball.
On January 26, the NBA legend Gigi and six others were on a private aircraft to the second day of Gigi’s basketball tournament when the plane crashed.
Gigi and Kobe shared a special bond over their love for Basketball. Kobe bragged about being a girl dad and once said, “I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl, dad.”
The father/daughter duo’s legacy will live one forever, and people will always remember the two for their beautiful bond and love of basketball.