Throughout his final NBA season, Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant has had dozens of tributes, fan-farewells, ovations, on-court highlights and, of course, sneaker rewinds.
Now, a local art gallery in Philadelphia, where Bryant was born, will host a specially curated exhibition of artwork honoring the longtime Nike pitchman.
“I’m excited to host this event as a Kobe Bryant fan [and for his fans that] immersed in sneaker culture,” said Raeven King, an entrepreneur and photographer who runs the Limited Edition Gallery, which focuses on sneaker art and culture.
The exhibition, “Farewell Mamba: A Sneaker Art Tribute to Kobe Bryant,” opens April 3 at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.
To acknowledge Bryant’s contributions to sneakers and the basketball community during his professional career, which began in 1996, the exhibition will feature a variety of visual arts ranging from large mixed media pieces to sneaker illustrations and 3-D paintings to stained glass paintings and photography.