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Even in a pandemic, the Kobe mystique thrives with 303 tribute murals … and counting

Artist Thierry "Mr. Brainwash" Guetta, left, and Mike Asner, creator of the KobeMural website and Instagram account, stand in front of the mural Guetta created of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna five days after they died. The photo was taken on Feb. 27; a month later, heavy rains destroyed the paper and paste tribute on Guetta's building in the 1200 block of South La Brea Avenue in Mid-Wilshire. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
Artist Thierry “Mr. Brainwash” Guetta, left, and Mike Asner, creator of the KobeMural website and Instagram account, stand in front of the mural Guetta created of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna five days after they died. The photo was taken on Feb. 27; a month later, heavy rains destroyed the paper and paste tribute on Guetta’s building in the 1200 block of South La Brea Avenue in Mid-Wilshire. (Los Angeles Times)

Mike Asner wasn’t thinking of quarantines when he created KobeMural.com. He was just a bereaved fan moved by the dozens of tribute murals that suddenly appeared around Southern California after the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed his longtime hero, Kobe Bryant, and eight others, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

“I started seeing all these murals going up — the photos were all over Instagram — and they needed somebody to organize them,” said Asner, a digital marketing

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