Kobe Bryant’s Mural Stirs Controversy in Los Angeles Gym as Landlord Wants It Removed

A Los Angeles property owner is facing backlash after requesting that a mural honoring NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash, be removed from Cecelia Moran’s gym. Though the reason for the landowner’s desire to have the painting destroyed has not been verified, it is claimed that he wishes to rent out the space for advertising.

Following their untimely deaths, artist Louie Palsino painted a painting at Moran’s gym that depicts both Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The idea was to be a permanent homage to Kobe Bryant, given his significance and the devotion many people feel to him.

Kobe and Gianna Bryant are depicted in the artwork with heavenly wings, looking tenderly at each other. However, as Marca reports, not everyone agrees on the concept of having such a work commemorating the two.

According to Moran, the artwork, which is housed inside Hardcore Fitness near the Lakers’ home arena, is significant as a memorial to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Moran, the owner of the gym, has been concerned by the turn of events since she was served with the notice to remove the mural by September 30.

She stated that she has a strong affinity to the artwork, which was lovingly crafted by @sloe_motions, and that she appreciates her full support. Despite her concerns, she hopes for an intervention to help save the artwork.

Moran’s landlord has warned her that if she does not address the mural removal issue quickly, he will take matters into his own hands and remove the mural and bill her.

Moran now has few options because she did not get permission from the landlord before creating the artwork, but she claims she kept him informed and he never objected until now.

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