By Gregory AdamsYesterday (April 5) marked the 17th anniversary of the death of Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain, and while many likely spun a record or two in tribute to the fallen rocker, his hometown honoured the musician with a new statue.
As Seattle's Q13 FOX News reports, a sculpture saluting the grunge rock icon was unveiled yesterday afternoon in Aberdeen, WA, where Cobain spent much of his youth.
The piece, which depicts Cobain's trusty Fender Jag-Stang guitar, was crafted by Aberdeen artists Kim and Lora Malakoff. An inscription on the statue, taken from the Nirvana song "On a Plain," reads: "One more special message to go and then I'm done and I can go home."
Previous tributes to the late musician in Aberdeen include adding the line "Come As You Are" to the town's welcome sign and a controversial plaque that hangs from a bridge Cobain hung out by. This statue is just one more way Aberdeen is toasting the troubled icon.
"I first moved to Aberdeen right after Kurt Cobain died," Lora Malakoff told Q13. "And I was always surprised there was nothing here to memorialize 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."
While not everyone in the city, Mayor Bill Simpson included, may appreciate the tunes Nirvana left behind, most residents can at least respect the cultural impact of Cobain.
"I'm not a fan of his music, but I respect him as an artist," Simpson explained. "And I think it's a good thing the city has devoted some time and energy to honour Kurt Cobain."