This is the original wood and metal bench from Viretta Park in Seattle, with graffiti messages and artwork from Nirvana fans that include stickers, drawings, names, countries, poems, and dates.
The bench is also signed by Nevermind band members (a Nirvana tribute band from Atlanta GA.)
The park and bench became closely associated with Kurt Cobain due to its proximity from his home that he shared with Courtney Love, and has become a monument for Nirvana fans in Seattle. Many of Cobain’s fans still congregate at the park on his death anniversary and his birthday. The bench boards were registered with the Register of Copyrights in the United States in 2009.
This bench is featured in guide books including Lonely Planet’s Seattle City Guide; Robin Shannon’s Images of America: Cemeteries of Seattle (Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2007); and the “Seattle’s Music Map: An Insider Guide to Seattle’s Music History” brochure. Accompanied by the various guide books, a copy of a letter from the acting superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, a copy of the work order records for the bench, and a letter from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland thanking the donors of the bench for the generosity.