The untimely death Sunday of basketball great Kobe Bryant sent shockwaves throughout not just the sporting world but everyone impacted by the iconic Lakers player’s influence on the court and off.
Like many cities across the globe, Atlanta is bowing its proverbial head in a very public way, honoring the man many consider one of the greatest to ever grace a basketball court.
A helicopter chauffeuring Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others crashed on Sunday, killing all aboard. From city officials at the highest level to neighborhood artists, Atlanta was clearly moved.
A lovely tribute inside @ATLairport to @kobebryant and his beautiful daughter. I’m looking forward to the lighting of the outside canopy and @CityofAtlanta Hall in purple and gold in his honor. #KobeRIP pic.twitter.com/dT1tD2REMf— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) January 27, 2020
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday announced on Twitter that City Hall would be lit with purple and gold, a somber nod to the Los Angeles Lakers uniform Bryant wore for two decades.
The city’s famed Mercedes-Benz Stadium glowed purple and gold on Sunday and Monday evening, too, as did parts of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and downtown’s Georgia’s Own Credit Union building.
A father. A husband. A legend.— MercedesBenzStadium (@MBStadium) January 27, 2020
His time was too brief, but his legacy everlasting. RIP Kobe.
Sending love to the Bryant family and all those affected by today’s heartbreaking news. pic.twitter.com/xLnPPq551T
Georgia’s Own CEO Dave Preter, in a statement emailed to Curbed Atlanta, said the company felt inclined to pay respects to Bryant with its new LED video screen atop the downtown building because of Bryant’s positive, global influence.
“Given the impact Kobe Bryant had on so many people around the world, including within our community here in Atlanta, we wanted to use the biggest platform we have to share our love and appreciation,” Preter said.
Tonight we remember and honor the legend #KobeBryant, his daughter Gianna, and all of the beautiful souls that were on board with them. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends. #KobeTribute #ATLairport #RipKobeBryant pic.twitter.com/LsQMCoeF77— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) January 28, 2020
Atlanta Journal-Constitution political cartoonist Mike Luckovich sketched an homage to Bryant and his daughter.
And murals of the Black Mamba—a nickname for Bryant’s fierce competitive spirit—have already begun popping up around Atlanta, including at highly visible walls along the Beltline.
Kobe Bryant is in the works at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark in Atlanta pic.twitter.com/lcPj5Ahj5Q— vel (@sellamaluna) January 28, 2020
A mural is underway at the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark in honor of NBA star, @kobebryant. The City of Atlanta joins the world in mourning the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and all the other passengers on board. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends. pic.twitter.com/H4SPeHZkMk— City of Atlanta, GA (@CityofAtlanta) January 27, 2020