- Touching tribute to Kobe Bryant etched in the sand at Adelaide’s Brighton Beach
- It came about after a request by a cafe owner reeling from loss of Lakers legend
- Owner said Bryant’s death in January 26 helicopter crash shook his staff
- He said some of his basketball-mad team were in tears after hearing tragic news
- C.R.E.A.M cafe got in touch with a local artist who etched the tribute on Monday
- Tribute has gone viral after catching attention of global basketball community
A wonderful tribute to Kobe Bryant has been etched into the sand at an Australian beach two weeks after he was tragically killed in a helicopter crash.
Professional Adelaide artist Sue Norman spent two hours crafting the intricate mandala design into Brighton Beach in the city’s south-west on Monday morning.
The touching tribute came about after a request by a local cafe owner and basketball fan reeling from the Los Angeles Lakers icon and five-time NBA champion’s sudden death.
A moving tribute has been made to Kobe Bryant by an Australian artist – etched into the sand at Adelaide’s Brighton Beach – after the NBA icon died in a helicopter crash. The artist had been asked to create the tribute by a local cafe owner who was shook by Kobe’s death along with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others in Calabasas, California on January 26 (pictured together attending a game in November last year between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks)
Ms Norman’s work – which she designed on Sunday before engraving it into the sand with a stick and a rake the next day – is still untouched by the low tide as of Monday evening.
The tribute has gone viral on Monday after being picked up by Basketball Forever – a Facebook page for fans of the sport boasting more than 3M followers.
C.R.E.A.M owner Joshua Rivers said Kobe’s death along with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others in Calabasas, California on January 26 had shaken the staff at his basketball-mad cafe to their core.
‘The cafe has really strong basketball and hip-hop ties,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘When Kobe passed, we all rocked up for our shift and the chef asked me “have you heard what happened?”
‘A lot of the staff were crying and I sent two of the boys working for us home early.’
The owner Joshua Rivers flew a drone over the tribute to best capture the incredible artwork on Monday.
Mr Rivers said he had done social media work with the well-known Adelaide artist before, who he described as a ‘local legend’.
Ms Norman shared a post on social media over the weekend saying she would be creating beach art by the jetty – which made the cafe owner to get in touch.
‘Sue came up with the Kobe and the numbers design and I asked for the “RIP Kobe & Gigi” part,’ Mr Rivers said.
The figures on the design represent the two jersey numbers Bryant wore during his 20-season career – eight and 24.
The owner flew a drone over the tribute to best capture the incredible artwork.
Ms Norman, who has been creating the designs weekly at Brighton for the past four years, said specific conditions had to be in place to make such a design possible.
‘It has to be drawn on wet sand. I used a stick for the lines and a rake for the shading,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I’m a professional artist so the beach is like a giant canvas for me.’