February 27, 2020

Young Kobe Bryant Fan Creates Epic Portrait of the Late Legend Using Rubik's Cubes in Video

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After his shocking death, Kobe Bryant fan tributes are in no shortage. One young boy wowed the internet with his clever use of Rubik's cubes to portray the basketball player. 

On Monday, family and friends came together to remember the legendary Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi who passed away along with seven others earlier this year. 

The group died in a horrific helicopter crash which saw no survivors. Since then, fans worldwide have memorialized the former NBA star in various ways. The clip of how one fan did it is found below. 

Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant and their daughters Gianna Bryant, Natalia Bryant and Bianka Bella Bryant pose with his retired jerseys during a ceremony at the Staples Center on December 18, 2017, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images


Vanessa gets support at memorial

Following the "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" Memorial, Twitter users went onto the platform to support Kobe's wife, Vanessa. The former model gave an emotional speech at the Staples Center. 

At several points, Vanessa took a long pause so she wouldn't choke up with emotion. She talked about her husband and daughter at length before saying they were in heaven together. 


Boy cleverly uses Rubik's cubes

Before that, though, one fan took to the popular TikTok app to share his talents in a way that reflected his love for Kobe. Someone re-uploaded the clip to Twitter, and it's since gone viral. 

In the video, the boy rearranges several Rubik's cubes that are on the ground, stacking them on a wooden board as he goes along. Next to it, there's a basketball lying on the ground. 


Halfway in, the makings of a face come to life. By the end of the clip, the boy has recreated a portrait of Kobe. He walks to the other end and turns the ball around to show the letters, "RIP."

Another genius uses Rubik's cubes

The Rubik's cube photo is the second of its kind after Kobe's death. In late January, another young man created similar artwork, which he shared to his Instagram account. 


According to Forbes, major outlets including Sports Center, ESPN, and WorldStar reshared the timelapse clip and garnered over 10 million views between them. 

Memorializing Kobe on the streets

Elsewhere, other artists took to the walls of their communities to paint memorial photos of Kobe and daughter Gigi In York Pennsylvania, Jaysin Jefferson was among those who worked on the Penn Street Art Bridge. 

He and four other local artists transformed the bridge into a father-daughter image of Kobe and Gigi. Persons walking past took photos of the gorgeous image using their devices. R.I.P Kobe and Gigi.