California couple create massive Kobe Bryant mural in grass field
A California couple utilized technology developed by their company to create a massive tribute to the late Kobe Bryant in a grass field.
Measuring 115 feet long and 92 feet wide, the mural depicts the Los Angeles Lakers icon in uniform, smiling and holding a basketball. It is located in Pleasanton, Calif., and of course can only be seen from the sky.
115-foot tall by 92-foot wide grass mural in NorCal is only visible by aerial view and features #KobeBryant smiling in iconic Lakers jersey https://t.co/7mi8TWaksL— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 30, 2020
The mural was the brainchild of Kelli Pearson and Pete Davis, a husband-and-wife team who head up New Ground Technology. The company’s Turfprinter technology was employed to create the tribute.
The initial step was to create a black-and-white image of Bryant by incorporating several photos of the icon and blending them into one image.
The image was then loaded into a lawn mower-type machine that Davis moved around the field, via CNN. With the help of GPS and digital processing, the machine blows air to gently bend the grass away or toward you to make up the dark and light contrast, according to Davis.
LOOK: Turf Printer Technology, which blows air to bend grass in different directions to make up dark and light contrast, created this giant image of Kobe Bryant in a NorCal baseball field. The image will last just a couple of days before the grass returns to its natural position. pic.twitter.com/PCxEtCSols— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) January 30, 2020
There has been an understandable abundance of tributes to Kobe in the wake of his shocking death in Sunday’s helicopter crash that also took the lives of eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
The mural created by Pearson and Davis obviously is the largest in scale thus far, and arguably among the most impressive.
“This tragedy came as a huge surprise. He was an amazing person, amazing family man and an amazing athlete,” Pearson said of Bryant. “Fortunately, we have this technology that allows us to do this huge tribute.”
The mural unfortunately will be fleeting, as it is expected to only last about two days before nature takes its course and the grass reverts to its normal, more vertical positioning.