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Bronze statue to Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna erected on second anniversary

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Los Angeles sculptor Dan Medina has honored the anniversary of the deaths of Kobe and Gigi Bryant along with seven other passengers by placing a temporary statue of the two where their helicopter crashed two years ago today in Calabasas, California, U.S., January 26, 2022. REUTERS/David Swanson

Two years after their tragic accident, a statue of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was placed at the site of the tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

The 160-pound statue created by sculptor Dan Medina shows Kobe Bryant in full Lakers uniform with his arm around his daughter Gigi who is also seen in her uniform clutching a basketball.

“Heroes come and go but legends are forever” is inscribed on the platform below along with the names of the nine victims who lost their lives in the January 26, 2020 crash.

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“You come up here and it is kind of emotional,” Medina told the Los Angeles Times. “The flowers, the jerseys, the hats blow away, and I think we need something more permanent.”

Medina plans for the statue will reside there temporarily, originally set to appear from sunrise to sunset. The sculptor hopes that his life-size version of the sculpture can find a permanent place in downtown L.A.

 

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