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PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant ‘Achilles’ Sculpture In Taiwan Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="319"] It was only last year when Kobe Bryant was first known to have had a statue raised in his honor overseas and as of today, there are f [new_royalslider id="319"] It was only last year when Kobe Bryant was first known to have had a statue raised in his honor overseas and as of today, there are f Rating: 0
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PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant ‘Achilles’ Sculpture In Taiwan

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It was only last year when Kobe Bryant was first known to have had a statue raised in his honor overseas and as of today, there are five different sculptures of the Black Mamba with many people awaiting one in front of his own home, STAPLES Center.

The first statue was discovered last summer in China in front of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Museum. It’s simple and stoic as Kobe stands with a ball under his left arm and the Lakers emblem along with the number 24 clearly visible.

The second and third statues are new, recently placed at the entrance to Nike’s newly designed “House of Mamba,” where Kobe recently spent five days training participants in Nike’s RISE Campaign. Two identical statues stand outside of the building, a representation of one of Kobe’s iconic dunks during the 2008 Olympics where the statues bear the number 10.

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The fourth and fifth are relatively smaller, but not less impressive. The fourth is actually a Kickstarter project which features hand made marble statues of Bryant, LeBron James and Leo Messi.

The fifth and last, while smaller in size could be the most intriguing. Measuring 68 x 50 x 50 cm and made of FRP (fiber glass reinforced plastics), it features Kobe raising a basketball high in the air with a giant Black Mamba wrapped around — the head of the snake biting the Achilles. The figure has been in Santa Monica as part of an exhibiton before, appropiately named “Achilles” and designed by Roger Huang. It is on display now at the “Conscious 3″ Basketball Art Exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan until August 24.

With all of these figures already in place, you can only wonder what a Kobe statue would look like outside STAPLES Center. In the meantime, check out the photos above and let us know which art figure does the best job in representing Kobe Bryant and which if any, comes closer to what you might like to see outside STAPLES Center at some point in the future.

Photo Credit: Roger Huang

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  • http://www.gofuckyourself.com/ BestxInTheWorld

    This guy is almost superhuman. He’s almost a deity overseas and personally he’s my hero I look to for inspiration. Thanks Kob.

  • purp& goldpride

    You’re a pretty important person if you have more than one statue. Whether you love him or not, kobe bean Bryant had touched alot of people, not just in LOS ANGELES, but around the world.

  • Andy L

    The concept of a statue is quite flattering. The depiction above is not…

  • LakersLifer

    I hope when the day arrives at Staplesto erect his statute that they decide to use the young Fro sporting Kobe with the number 8, but the current 24 is great too with all the accomplishments

  • mohammed

    i dont see the number 24 at all

  • William Stovall

    Is that a joke? It looks horrible.

  • arliepro

    I’d vote for a statue of Kobe shooting free throws (as during the “Achilles” game) outside Staples. IMHO, that was the finest hour of his career. Can’t think of anything more inspirational than that!

  • Astereotypical

    Ummm, no. That is not an accurate representation of the way Bryant looks. The sculptures have a sinocentric appearance. Nope. Not good. Fugly.

    • Zach

      Come on, Bryant is one of the ugliest players in NBA history.

  • Corey Henderson

    HE’S THE BEST ALL AROUND BASKETBALL PLAYER IVE EVER SEEN!!! REBOUNDS, DEFENSIVELY, AND OF COURSE OFFENSIVELY!!! I CANT WAIT FOR THIS SEASON TO START!! LET’S GO LAKERS!!!

  • Zach

    There’s something about a nation famed for human rights violations ballyhooing a man known for his sexual assault past that’s just a good fit. Shame meets shame.

  • Zach

    Any statue of Kobe Bryant should be made out of bricks.

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