Enormous Kobe Bryant mural completed in Europe
Kobe Bryant was a global icon, and evidence of how his reach and influence traveled far beyond North America is how a recent mural created in his memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina is believed to be the largest in Europe.
The mural, located in the town of Gradiška, measures a towering 39 feet tall and expansive 15 feet wide. Created by a team headed by Igor Damjanović, the mural spans the entire side of a building located on the grounds of Danilo Borković Elementary School.
Images shared on Twitter by Damjanović’s friend, Dejan Gajić, showcase the massiveness of the Bryant mural, which depicts the Los Angeles Lakers legend preparing to take a shot.
Slika da obidje svijet! pic.twitter.com/0xpTf5WfHo— Dejan Gajic (@dejan_gajic13) June 3, 2020
#Kobe #Bryant #Mural pic.twitter.com/0KsvNsf2oq— Dejan Gajic (@dejan_gajic13) June 3, 2020
Feeling proud! #Mamba #Kobe #Bryant #Mural pic.twitter.com/AeAIWxjFbP— Dejan Gajic (@dejan_gajic13) June 3, 2020
“Kobe Bryant was one of my role models and when we heard that he tragically lost his life, we came up with the idea to pay tribute to him,” Damjanović said, per The Srpska Times, via TMZ. “That is how we made a mural on the wall of the school next to which we spent time on the playground.”
“Kobe Bryant is an icon on a global level and I am really glad that we have shown respect for him in this way,” added Gajić. “He is a man who was synonymous with hard work, stubbornness. He was persistent to the very end and consistent with his principles. I am glad that we managed to show all that.”
Ever since Bryant, daughter Gianna and seven others tragically perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26, countless murals have also sprung up throughout the U.S., especially in Los Angeles.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, recently shared images and expressed gratitude over how murals in L.A. depicting her late husband and daughter were left mostly untouched and undamaged amid unrest in the city that included rioting, looting and vandalism in response to the death of George Floyd on May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody.