A crying Kurt Cobain statue was recently unveiled in the singer’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. However, some fans don’t believe the bizarre artwork does the musician justice.
The folks in Aberdeen celebrated the first annual Kurt Cobain Day on Cobain’s birthday (February 20), an event designed to help fans and residents honor the Nirvana frontman. The festivities included the unveiling of a statue crafted in the singer’s likeness, though many people think it really bears and uncanny resemblance to Jesus Christ.
Of course, the folks at Gawker weren’t nearly as diplomatic in their description of the crying Kurt Cobain statue. Instead of simply paraphrasing their description, we’ll present it here in all its bitter glory.
The website explained:
“This is the sad-sack vision of the Cobain statue: the figure as gray as Aberdeen’s skies and gravel piles, leaning over an acoustic guitar, crying like a miserable hippie.”
Yikes. That’s probably not the reaction sculptor Randi Hubbard was hoping to receive after the Kurt Cobain statue made its debut earlier this week. According to Rolling Stone, Hubbard began working on her tribute to Cobain after the singer passed away back in 1994. The statue reportedly sat inside Hubb’s Muffler Shop for the better part of two decades.
Check out some photos of the artwork in question below.
This is Aberdeen, Washington's new statue. It's suppose to resemble the late, great Kurt Cobain. pic.twitter.com/vhgbDAuqPW
— Explicit Content (@SalindaKay) February 22, 2014
— The 405 (@The405) February 22, 2014
— Badass Digest (@badassdigest) February 21, 2014
Here’s hoping Hubbard doesn’t spend too much time looking up reactions to her crying Kurt Cobain statue this weekend. Judging from the reaction on websites and social media, very few people are impressed with the tribute she crafted for the late singer.
However, Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson hopes people will flock from all over the planet to visit the statue in the Nirvana frontman’s hometown over the next few years. Simpson told USA Today that he wants Kurt Cobain Day to become as big as Graceland.
Unfortunately, it would appear that most people would visit the statue just to shake their heads or the fists. People aren’t exactly happy with how the statue portrays Cobain.
Kurt Cobain’s Hometown Celebrated His Birthday With A Terrible Statue Of Him Crying http://t.co/L7KKbT1vNM omg. this is awful.
— Lisa Lagace (@lisa_TTRO) February 22, 2014
Kurt Cobain's hometown has honored his legacy…with this weird crying statue: http://t.co/3iBNrTMkx9
— Fuse TV (@fusetv) February 21, 2014
why is he crying telenovela tears/ why is he holding a child's guitar like a lute/ who did his hair it looks fabulous http://t.co/8CT2t8BevT
— fierce records (@sashageffen) February 21, 2014
Ugh! What's next, Courtney Love as Mary? MT @SPINmagazine Kurt Cobain's hometown honors him w/ hideous, crying statue http://t.co/BsNDLAVWCV
— Natasha Padilla (@NPadillaNYC) February 21, 2014
So this Kurt Cobain statue… I don't think I'd want a statue of myself crying if I committed suicide.
— Red Lewis (@RedisLettingGo) February 21, 2014
What do you think about the crying Kurt Cobain statue? Is it a fitting tribute to the late singer or an abomination?