After Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people were killed in a tragic helicopter accident earlier this week, stars and fans alike have been honoring the legacy of the perennial NBA All-Star - reckoned by many to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
For instance, a petition which wants the NBA to change the player on its official logo from Jerry West to Kobe Bryant has managed to accrue over 246,000 signatures thus far.
Meanwhile, The University of Connecticut (Gianna's dream college) has honored her memory with a special Huskies jersey which features the teen's number emblazoned on the front.Watch this news report on the tragic accident:
And now, another tribute has come from two fans, who utilized a grass field, a large lawnmower, and GPS technology to create an awe-inspiring lawn mural in Bryant's likeness.
According to a report by CNN, the mural is the brainchild of a Californian couple named Kelli Pearson and husband, Pete Davis. Utilizing Turfprinter technology from their company, New Ground Technology, Pearson and Davis created a 115-foot tall and 92-foot wide mural of Bryant in a grass field at a park in Pleasanton.The inspiring grass mural is the perfect tribute to Bryant's incredible career:
Commenting on the mural in an interview with CNN, Pearson stated: The face was from two different photos, the neck was from a different photo and the body was from a different photo. It ends up creating an artwork piece. I tried to capture him, the likeness of him smiling and as an athlete."
She added: "This tragedy came as a huge surprise. He was an amazing person, amazing family man, and an amazing athlete. Fortunately, we have this technology that allows us to do this huge tribute."
Meanwhile, Davis stated: "For me, it's a community effort. You feel helpless and there's really nothing more you can do in the situation. But in our space, I did it to represent our community and let the community be a part of this closure."Take a look at Shaquille O'Neal's tribute to Kobe Bryant as well:
However, this isn't the first artistic tribute to Kobe we've seen this week. His close friend and fellow-Lakers player Lebron James has remembered Bryant with a newly-revealed Black Mamba tattoo.