Over the weekend, artist Efren Andaluz (@andaluztheartist) began work on a tribute to Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, who both died in a helicopter crash on January 26th along with 7 others.

The mural, which is going up across the street from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will be finished today, Andaluz told Gothamist over the phone this morning. As he spoke, passersby kept stopping him to ask questions and have him pose in front of his work. While there have been many in Bryant's Los Angeles, this is the only known Kobe mural in New York City, and as word has gotten out more and more people have been coming by every day, Andaluz said.

The deaths "hit my heart," he told us. "And I'm a huge Lakers fan, not many New Yorkers are, but I am... you have to respect Kobe."

Kobe and Gigi were notably sitting courtside at a Nets game at the Barclays Center in December. As for how he chose the spot, Andaluz says he wanted to get started right away, so he went to Google Earth, searched around the venue, and started calling real estate agents and landlords. He eventually found a spot at the corner of Pacific and Flatbush, where the landlord is letting him leave the mural up for at least six months.

Over the past week, New York has seen some other tributes as well, including a makeshift "Kobe Bryant Park" sign at the 42nd St-Bryant Park subway stop; #MambaForever digital screens around town; and a tribute from both the Knicks and the Nets.

We'll update with more photos when the Brooklyn mural is finished.

Update: Here is the completed mural.

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In memory of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan. It's a bitter sweet feeling showing the world the finished painting that has gotten mass media coverage these last couple of days. This wasn't the greatest wall to paint on due to the grated garage doors and multiple changing surfaces but GOD gave me the capability to get it done. Although I'm a Long Island based artist I chose Brooklyn for the location of this mural and I couldn't have picked a better place. The amount of love and support I've recieved the last couple of days has been overwhelming and will leave a mark on my heart forever. Growing up a Lakers fan in New York is not easy but to see so many people who appreciate this legend is super dope. These photos are from last night right after I finished signing my name. A fan had left a yellow rose and candle that we lit in memory of all those we lost on January 26, 2020. If you're in Brooklyn make sure to stop by and pay respect to the legend. The original image I used as a reference was taken by the legendary LA photographer @jon.soohoo . I want to thank my brother @godkingblack7 for assisting me with the wall, 🎨@riebeart for donating the spray paint to make this wall come to life (best art store in Long Island), 🎨@sherwinwilliams of East Northport NY for donating the paint and supplies to prep the wall, 📷@alkre89 for these photos and most importantly GOD for always taking care of me. To @vanessabryant and all of the families affected may GOD strengthen and comfort all of you. Love, prayers and support - Andaluz.....Mamba Out! #ripkobeandgianna #ripkobe #kobetribute #kobemural #kobebryant #streetart #inmemory #lakernation #24 #8 #ripgigi #art #mural #brooklyn

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