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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.

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.

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.