Visual artists pay homage to Kobe Bryant on his death anniversary

Published January 26, 2021, 2:44 PM

by Carlo Anolin

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The WNBA honors Kobe Bryant during the game between the Atlanta Dream and the on August 23, 2020 at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. (Stephen Gosling / NBAE via Getty Images / AFP)

On Kobe Bryant’s death anniversary, a group of artists unveiled a new mural at the Tenement in Taguig City to commemorate the legacy of the late NBA legend.

The Tenement Visual Artists on Tuesday paid homage to Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna, posting aerial shot photos of the mural on its Facebook page.

Photo from Tenement Visual Artists Facebook page

Head artist Jerry Llaniguez Gabo told Manila Bulletin that the tribute is all about the “recollection of Bryant’s joyful days” before the tragedy last January 26.

“Our design incorporate[s] the first mural project that we painted last year as our tribute for Kobe & Gianna, [reminiscing] that mournful day when the world lost one of the legends in basketball,” said Gabo in an online exchange. “Due also to the [COVID-19 pandemic], we suffered and mourned for a year now as many of the basketball courts are closed.”

Transitioning from monochromatic grays into the Lakers-inspired colors, Gabo said the mural highlights a “beautiful story” of the father-and-daughter duo and their love for the game.

The TVA head artist said the group took four days to conceptualize the design, taking away some ideas before coming up with a mixed media concept to create a collage-type mural with versatile aspects ranging from monochromatic sketches and realistic centerpiece.

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And not even the rain could stop their creative minds to give a timely tribute to the five-time NBA champion. The TVA did not disappoint as the Tenement’s court is filled up with purple and gold colors while Kobe and Gianna can be seen wearing a wide smile on their faces.

The TVA has been teasing fans about the new project on its Facebook page since January 3 behind the efforts of Gabo, TVA co-founder Jennifer Corpin, Lenard Galaites, Adrian Piñon, John Bugtong, Khryzz Paccial, Reynaldo Ramos, Oliver Galaites, Siegfred Gamboa, Ariel Piñon Jr. Darwin Domingo, Ernel Llanes, Mike Walk and Johnre Gabo.

Kobe and Gianna, along with seven other victims, perished in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California when they were traveling for a basketball game at the Sports Academy, formerly known as the Mamba Sports Academy, in Thousand Oaks.