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Epic Kobe Bryant mural by Jonas Never going up in Pasadena

The work of renowned muralist and painter Jonas Never can be seen almost anywhere these days. From the brick and mortar of Los Angeles, to the foil packs of baseball cards, his touch has influenced the sports world in a very unique way.

Now, his paintbrushes are bringing Kobe Bryant’s legacy to life.

Tuesday morning, Never announced he’s nearly completed a commission of the legendary Los Angeles Laker for the 1020 Mission Street complex in South Pasadena, California. It was ordered by the building’s owner, Thano Adamson, and Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein.

From Los Angeles Times columnist Arash Markazi:

Once completed, the mural will be a nearly pixel-for-pixel rendition of Bernstein’s legendary photograph of Bryant. The image captured Kobe as he walked off of the Staples Center floor for the final time in a 60-point, career-closing performance at the end of the 2015-16 season for the Los Angeles Lakers.

In a Feb. 20, 2020 interview with ESPN.com’s Anthony Olivieri, Bernstein revealed how he got the timeless snap to perfectly encapsulate Kobe’s career:

“You have to make really good friends with the security guys,” Bernstein said.

Bryant’s untimely passing has brought about an incredible amount of creative outpouring not only from the city of Los Angeles, but across the world, as tributes for him, his daughter Gianna and seven other victims continue to unfurl following the helicopter crash on Jan. 26, 2020.

Among some of Never’s recent, big-time work:

His Kobe piece is the latest breathtaking mural and is one that will be cherished.