THE KOBE MURALS

For twenty years, Kobe Bryant wore a Lakers uniform. In that uniform, he won five championships, made eighteen all-star teams, fifteen All-NBA teams, All-Defense twelve times, won one league MVP, won two finals MVP, won four All-Star MVPs, and once scored eighty-one points in a single game. 

He self-mythologized and self-applied the nickname, Black Mamba, was a peerless evangelist for hard work and maximum effort, and attained global celebrity. Kobe was, simply put, the ideal player for Los Angeles, a city that prizes – to almost obscene degrees – hard work, accomplishment, and celebrity. Through all his successes and in the many facets of his personality, he became a symbol to Angelenos of all that makes them and their city so singularly special. It was a dream relationship between athlete and city. So when he died suddenly in a helicopter crash on January 26th, 2020, along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others, it was tantamount to the loss of a soulmate.

In the year since, the city’s grief has been made manifest on its walls. Over two hundred murals have gone up since his passing, commemorating the many different ways in which Angelenos connect to the fallen star – his athleticism, his drive, his winning ways, his role as a father. Taken together, these murals represent an act of collective mourning and ongoing eulogizing  unprecedented in the history of sports.

401 S Alameda St.

Artist: @royyaldog

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710 E 4th Pl.

Artist: unknown

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939 S Figueroa St.

Artist: @pauldanielsart

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1338 S Hill St.

Artist: @sickpencil

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1349 S Broadway

Artist: @vmr.3

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2079 E 15th St.

Artist: @mastermindmurals

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2491 W Washington Blvd.

Artists: @gz.jr @alfonsogarcialettering

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4501 W Pico Blvd.

Artist: @shepxart

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1600 Argyle Ave.

Artist: @kate.jjj

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6623 Hollywood Blvd.

Artist: unknown

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629 La Cienega Blvd.

Artist: @theproducerbdb

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7725 Melrose Ave.

Artist: @jc.ro

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7751 1/2 Melrose Ave.

Artist: @paintedprophet

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7767 Melrose Ave.

Artist: @gz.jr

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7829 Melrose Ave.

Artist: @paintedprophet

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716 N Fairfax Ave.

Artist: @misteralek

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5873 W 3rd St.

Artist: @gz.jr

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120 S La Brea Ave.

Artist: unknown

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1199 S La Brea Ave.

Artists: @reno.awr @honor719 @oxroxawr @graffitalo @it_to_the_limit @reef1979 @cloer_one @therenots_dam @wil.e_

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1251 S La Brea Ave.

Artist: @mrbrainwash

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1430 S La Brea Ave.

Artists: @slot_one_the_servant @wrapitup_la

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5325 W Pico Blvd.

Artist: @1.4.4.0

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5522 Venice Blvd.

Artist: @gz_jr

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2429 W Jefferson Blvd.

Artist: Sloe 88 @sloe_motions

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5791 Obama Blvd.

Artist: @jayo_v @justcreatedit

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490 N Beverly Dr.

Artist: @jgoldcrown

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450 S La Cienega Blvd.

Artist: @artoon_art

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10356 Venice Blvd.

Artist: @mykitosway

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12430 Washington Blvd.

Artists: @shplinton @gmilanesi

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2615 Wilshire Blvd.

Artist: @the_rev_carl

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812 Main St.

Artist: unknown

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827 Ocean Front Walk 

Artists: @theartofangieb @designedbyjio @alfonsogarcialettering

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598 6th Ave.

Artist: @muckrock

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410 Broadway

Artist: @jz_jr

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2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

Artist: unknown

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2909 W Olive Ave.

Artist: unknown

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3704 Cahuenga Blvd W

Artist: @muckrock

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4420 W Victory Blvd

Artist: Isaac Pelayo @isaacpelayo

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6020 Hazeltine Ave. 

Artist: unknown

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6454 Lankershim Blvd.

Artist: @banditgraffiti

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8906 Reseda Blvd.

Artist: @leviponce

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11459 Ventura Blvd.

Artist: @artoon_art

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11705 Ventura Blvd.

Artist: @gabegault

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11734 Victory Blvd.

Artist: @mr.remart

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17719 Saticoy St.

Artists: @writingonthewalls_la

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19218 Ventura Blvd.

Artist: @hattaspublicmurals

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