NewsLA Gym Owner Celia Moran Fighting To Keep Kobe Mural Alive

LA Gym Owner Celia Moran Fighting To Keep Kobe Mural Alive

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FILE – In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respects for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino in Los Angeles. Federal safety officials are expected to vote Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, on what likely caused the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others to crash into a Southern California hillside last year, killing all aboard. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

A Los Angeles gym owner is fighting her landlord to keep a mural that was painted to honor Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant from becoming advertising space.

As People Magazine reports, Celia Moran, the owner of Hardcore Fitness, wants the mural to remain up. In an interview with the LA Times, Moran says, “It’s a piece of art that is honoring an iconic person. That mural also benefits advertising and has a lot of meaning to the city and to Kobe fans. So I said I don’t agree. I don’t want to make the fans mad, and I don’t want to be disrespectful, and I don’t think that mural should be removed.”

“Even if the landlord wants to make money, that’s a landmark people come from all around the world to visit, so it’s good for him, his property, every party in this,” Palsino told The LA Times, adding that it doesn’t make “much sense in taking it down for advertisement.”

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