Crying Statue of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain Unveiled in Aberdeen Museum of History
To celebrate the music and legacy of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, the musician's home town of Aberdeen, Wash., declared the frontman's birthday (Feb. 20) as 'Kurt Cobain Day.' To further immortalize the memory of Cobain, a statue of the musician playing guitar and crying has been installed in the Aberdeen Museum of History.
April 5, 2014 will be the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, which news channel King 5 did not tip-toe around when beginning their coverage of the new statue (watch below). "Kurt Cobain, the singer of Nirvana, was a well-known heroin addict who shot himself nearly 20 years ago," anchor Dennis Bounds stated. After cutting away to field reporter Drew Mikkelsen, the story quickly became about the statue's installation in the Aberdeen Museum of History, a feat 20 years in the making.
In a separate report from KOMO 4 (watch above), Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson spoke about Cobain's contributions to popular music. "We want him to be known for his music," he said. "This has been a long time coming; we should have done it long ago. Paul McCartney said Kurt Cobain was a genius, that said a lot for me."
Construction of the Kurt Cobain statue, which was built by artist Randi Hubbard, actually began 20 years ago, shortly after Cobain took his own life. The city was "unwilling to take" the statue of Cobain, which just sat around in a muffler shop for two decades before being unearthed for the Aberdeen Museum of History.
Around 5,000 people visit the museum each year, but Mayor Simpson is optimistic about the statue's drawing power when it comes to tourism. "We hope this is just as big as Graceland, eventually," the Mayor declares.
Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Watch KING 5's Report on the Kurt Cobain Statue and Dedication [Mobile Users Click Here]