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RIP Kobe Bryant: How Devastated Fans Are Responding to the Loss With Art

 

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On Sunday, January 26, 2020, the world lost basketball legend Kobe Bryant. The former Los Angeles Lakers player was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna, along with seven other passengers, were also killed in the tragic accident. As news spread on Sunday afternoon into the evening, people across the globe began to mourn Bryant—considered widely to be the best basketball player of his generation and one who spent his entire 20-year career playing for the Lakers. Bryant left behind his wife Vanessa and their three other daughters, one of which was born in June of 2019.

Devastated fans took to social media to express their grief over Bryant and his daughter’s deaths. Those that are artistically inclined used their creative abilities to share touching tribute art featuring Bryant and his daughter. They did so in a variety of ways—from coffee to collage to the more conventional drawing and painting. But each image is its own unique homage to honor Bryant’s contributions to the sport of basketball, his dedication to his family, and the sadness over these devastating losses.

Scroll down to see more ways in which artists have paid tribute to Bryant and Gianna.

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26. This devastating tragedy has touched the hearts of many across the globe. Here’s how artists and fans are using their skills to express their emotions and help them mourn.

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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