There is a statue commemorating the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi. All of us NBA fans are familiar with the day we lost Kobe and Gigi to a fatal helicopter crash. This was an unexpected tragedy that deeply shook and troubled the NBA world.
Death is inevitable and a part of life. However, it is truly said that both of them, along with several others, lost their lives when there was still much left to see and achieve.
In honor and respect of the Lakers legend, a sculpture of him and his daughter has been made. It is placed at the Helicopter crash site. However, there is something we can call special about this particular statue. It is not “permanent”.
This is quite a confusing statement and leaves us asking many questions. We need to know more about the context behind this statute and why it can’t be considered permanent like others generally are.
Where is the Kobe Bryant statue with his daughter located?
The Kobe Bryant and Gigi Bronze statue is located at the helicopter crash site in a place called Calabasas, a city in the Santa Monica Mountains region of Los Angeles County. The exact site of impact was one of the mountain peaks of the region. What makes the statue special is the fact that it is transportable due to its miniature size. Despite being completely made of bronze, it weighs only around 160 lbs (73 kg). It depicts Kobe placing his hand on Gigi’s shoulder as they both gaze at each other. Additionally, they are also adorned in their respective basketball uniforms.
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A sculptor named Dan Medina revealed what led him into making this statue, “On this day, the second anniversary of the accident, I decided to bring it up from sunrise to sunset and create a bit of a healing process for fans…Today was special because I witnessed a lot of that. People would come up and they would leave with some sort of satisfaction.”
A Kobe Bryant and Gigi statue has been placed at the site of the crash for their 2 year anniversary 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/xVOKzPj2V4
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There is no doubt this is a beautiful idea. We should also not forget about the other people in the helicopter who lost their lives that same day. Therefore, Medina inscribed their names on the pedestal of the statue. It also contains one of the Black Mamba’s favorite sayings, “Heroes come and go but legends are forever.”
Unfortunately, there is no real plan to make the statue permanent. A spokesperson from the Mountain Recreation Conservation Authority said there it would not be kept there. He offered to eventually build a life-sized version of the statute. However, that plan is yet to commence.
We hope NBA fans and people across the world are able to show their respects to the late legend and the others who passed away on that unfortunate day.