Hard to believe that that terrible crash even happened more than 2 years ago 😰😰😰 The lives of 9 people including NBA legend, dad, husband and just all around beloved man Kobe Bryant AND his daughter Gianni 🙁 Yesterday would have been his 44th bday. How do you 'honor' something so sad? Or 'celebrate the life' of those whose lives were tragically cut so short? I'm not sure, but there is something nice happening in Santa Monica at sunset tonight in Kobe's honor. According to the Pacific Park Facebook Page...
The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit purple and gold on Wednesday, August 24 in honor of Kobe Bryant’s legacy in the City of Los Angeles. 💜💛Back in 2016, the date (8/24) was chosen as the holiday because of Bryant’s numbers on his jerseys, 8 and 24, as well as it is the day after his birthday, August 23. He would have been 44 years old. 💛💜
Kobe started his career in the NBA at 17 years old and spent 20 years of his basketball career with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2018, Kobe Bryant launched the foundation “Mamba Sports Foundation” now called the “ Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation " which is dedicated to creating a positive impact for underserved athletes and boys & girls in sports. The vision of the non-profit was to create a world where young boys & girls had an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams through sports and life. Pacific Park will join other LA area landmarks in lighting purple and gold for the evening for the Los Angeles icon that was taken too soon.
This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Wednesday, August 24. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at www.pacpark.com/live Sunset is scheduled for 7:29 tonight.
According to ABC 7, there's also a HUGE, new mural up that covers the entire side of a building in downtown LA, one of several dedicated to the basketball legend, it will officially be unveiled just blocks from the courthouse where closing arguments are underway in a lawsuit filed by his widow over photos taken at the helicopter crash scene where nine people, including Kobe Bryant and the couple's 13-year-old daughter, died in January 2020.
The new outdoor mural measuring 125 feet-by-32 feet is at the offices of the West Coast Trial Lawyers at 1147 S. Hope St. in downtown Los Angeles. Mural artist Odeith and L.A.-based illustrator Nikkolas Smith created the work which they called the largest portrait of Bryant in the city.