Kurt Cobain's hometown in Washington unveils statue of the music icon

By Brian Brown,

The statue of the late Nirvana front man and songwriter was unveiled on Feb. 20 as part of the first Kurt Cobain Day in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington.

According to Seattle based KOMO News, the statue has been in a muffler shop for the past 20 years. The sculptor, Randi Hubbard, offered the statue to the city roughly 20 years ago but they initially rejected it. On what would have been Cobain's 47th birthday, the statue was finally added to an exhibit on the music icon at Aberdeen's Museum of History.

Since the unveiling, the statue has sparked some ridicule, especially for the tear streaming from Cobain's eye and a resemblance to Jesus, as The Verge notes.

Aberdeen's Mayor Bill Simpson said that the event should have happened long ago, but added that it was also one of his most controversial actions. Another Seattle based news provider, King5, draws attention to Cobain's addiction and suicide; the anchor introduces the story by calling him "a well known heroin addict who shot himself twenty years ago."

Hubbard completed the statue with some help from local art students. Despite being hidden away in Hubbard's muffler shop, it has been an attraction for tourists from all around the world.




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