Celebrity statues: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Towering Kobe Bryant statue unveiled at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles

Stars Insider

09/02/24 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Art

Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and his sudden and tragic death along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna in 2020 devastated the sporting community. On February 8, 2024, an enormous statue worthy of his towering presence was unveiled in an emotional ceremony at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The stadium is the home of the Lakers, the team Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with. The date of the unveiling carries significance for both Kobe and Gianna. Kobe wore the numbers 24 and 8 during his career, while Gianna wore the number 2 when she played, hence the date 2/8/24. 

Many of his loved ones and colleagues were present at the event, including his wife Vanessa Bryant, who made a heartfelt speech about her late husband and daughter. She revealed that there would be two additional statues unveiled at a later date. "Because fans all over the world and the City of Angels loved Kobe so much, he will have three statues in front of the arena - also known as the house that Kobe built," she said. The first statue shows Kobe wearing the number 8, the second statue will show him wearing the number 24, and the third will include both Kobe and Gianna. 

"For the record, Kobe picked the pose you're about to see," Vanessa added. "So if anyone has any issues with it, tough (expletive). It is what it is," she joked.

Sculptures have long served as a unique and timeless way to pay homage in a world dominated by technology. Whether it's a tribute to an iconic figure or a memorial for a late legend, statues have stood as a testament to their contributions to the world. These artistic creations can be found across the globe, capturing the essence of famous personalities for various reasons.

Ranging from exquisite masterpieces to peculiar creations, this gallery offers a diverse range of statues that are sure to captivate. Click on to explore the intriguing world of celebrity art.

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