A statue in memory of Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown of Aberdeen Washington yesterday, on the 17th anniversary of his death. The statue was revealed near the Young Street Bridge, which Cobain wrote about in “Something In The Way”. It is also said that he would sometimes sit under the bridge to write his music.
The statue is a concrete cast of a Fender Jag-Stang, and was the work of local artist Lora Malakoff. “I first moved to Aberdeen right after Kurt Cobain died”, she said. “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.” A steel ribbon has lyrics to the song “On A Plain” embedded, saying “One more special message to go and then I’m done and I can go home.” “I’m not a fan of his music, but I respect him as an artist”, Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson said. “And I think it’s a good thing the city has devoted some time and energy to honor Kurt Cobain.”
The town have paid tribute to Cobain before, with the phrase “Come As You Are” appearing in places as obscure as their water bill, and also with a star on the sidewalk as part of the city’s walk of fame.