When the Los Angeles Lakers moved to a new arena in 2019, the team had no idea they would soon have a new building to call home.
They would have a giant mural in the rafters of Staples Center, just a few miles away from where they play their home games.
“We had never even heard of it until the moment we moved here,” Bryant said.
“It was just like ‘Wow!’
We were like, ‘Wow!'”
The mural has already changed the skyline.
“The whole skyline was a little different,” Bryant says.
“And the whole skyline changed when we started doing this mural.”
The Lakers mural will remain in place for the next few years as the team attempts to rebuild from the damage from the catastrophic 2016-17 NBA season.
The team has already installed over 20,000 murals across the arena, the Staples Center concession stand, the LA Clippers’ new arena and the team’s practice facility.
But they are on the move again.
This week, the Lakers unveiled a new mural for their Staples Center practice facility in the form of a giant blue and white silhouette of the iconic Laker logo.
It’s a move that will make it even more difficult to move the team from its current home, which is in nearby Santa Monica, and to the new Los Angeles City Center, which the Lakers hope to open by the end of 2021.
It will also be difficult to remove the iconic mural.
It took the Lakers two years to paint the new mural.
“I can’t tell you how many hours we spent, all day, every day, going over it,” Bryant told the Los Angles Times.
“All the way up to the last minute.
And I still have so many things to go through, and it’s just a testament to the process that we had.
And that’s what it takes.”
This mural was designed by LA-based studio Sotheby’s.
It takes three months to paint a mural.
Here, a mural of Lakers’ icon Kobe Bryant is painted.
“When you have a team that has such a history, like Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, they will always take the long way around, because they have the history and they will find a way to make it work,” said Steve Cramer, Sothebys’ senior vice president of global sports art and architecture.
The Lakers are hoping to have the new facility open by 2021.
“They have a long way to go, but we are excited about this,” Bryant added.
“You don’t know how long this is going to take.
But the Lakers have been through a lot in the last two years and they are going to find a solution that works for them.”
The mural, which will be the first of its kind on a new sports facility, is expected to take three months.
“As long as it’s done right, I don’t think there is a better mural for the Lakers to do than this one,” said Bryant.
“There is nothing better than when the team is in the spotlight and everyone is paying attention to them.”