American basketball legend Kobe Bryant together with his daughter Gigi Bryant have been commemorated with a temporary statue at their crash site in Los Angeles.
The father-daughter duo died alongside nine others on January 26, 2020 in a helicopter crash due to foggy weather.
The statue was sculpted by Dan Medina and weighs 73kgs. It has been engraved with all the crash victim’s names on the pedestal. It also has Kobe’s famous quote “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”
It depicts Kobe and Gianna standing dressed in basketball uniform with Kobe’s arm resting around Gianna’s shoulder as they look at each other smiling.
Medina was inspired to create the sculpture with hope that it could inspire Kobe’s fans.
“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,” he said.
“Today was special because I witnessed a lot of that. People would come up and they would leave with some sort of satisfaction,” he added.
Kobe was a five-time NBA champion who played with the Los Angeles Lakers. His beloved daughter who he shared with his widow Vanessa Bryant followed in her father’s footsteps as she also loved playing basketball.