A statue tribute to Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown yesterday (05.04.11).
The tribute to the Nirvana frontman was unveiled in Aberdeen, Washington, 17 years to the day he took his own life in 1994.
The statue depicts a 2.5 metre Fender Jag-Stang guitar – the model Kurt developed – and was constructed from stone based on a design by local artists Kim and Lora Malakoff.
Lora told Seattle’s Q 13 Fox news: “I first moved to Aberdeen right after Kurt Cobain died. And I was always surprised there was nothing here to memorialise him.
“I had always hoped there would be. As one generation goes and another takes over, things change. That’s what happened here with Kurt Cobain.”
An inscription on the statue bears lyrics from the Nirvana song ‘On a Plain’, reading: “One more special message to go / and then I’m done and I can go home.”
The sculpture is placed in a park near the Young Street bridge where Cobain spent time growing up, and is popular among visiting fans as it is described in the song ‘Something in the Way’.
As well as the statue, in 2005 a fan led organisation, the Kurt Cobain Memorial Foundation, raised enough money to install a new sign reading ‘Come as You Are’ below the ‘Welcome to Aberdeen’ sign on the way into the town. The phrase is the title of a 1992 single by the band.
Kurt is survived by many of his family, including his wife Courtney Love, daughter Frances Bean Cobain, mother Wendy Connor and sister Kimberly Cobain.