MATERIAL: Wood
TYPE: Artifact
DIMENSIONS: 96 1/2 by 37 1/2 by 29 1/2 inches
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Fire Sweeps Through Museum Of History In Kurt Cobain's Hometown Of Aberdeen

ITEM ID: 4558
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Second Original Kurt Cobain Tribute Bench From Viretta Park

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Century: 20th (1901-2000)

This is the second of the two original wood and metal benches from Viretta Park in Seattle, with graffiti messages and artwork from Nirvana fans that include stickers, drawings, names, countries, poems, and dates.

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 second bench was little farther away from Kurt Cobain’s home at the other side of Viretta Park.

Both benches had been on display at the Aberdeen Museum in Aberdeen, Washington along with other memorabilia from Kurt Cobain’s life (Aberdeen was Kurt Cobain’s home town where he was born and raised). The bench right next to his home, where he had been seen sitting and where some of his ashes were spread after his death, was taken from the Aberdeen Museum in early 2018 to be auctioned off at a Rock & Roll sale in Los Angeles in May of 2018. (Won at auction by the Melikian Collection.)

This second original bench remained at the Museum and was shown around the city of Aberdeen (see photos) and then put in storage at the Museum, which saved it when a massive fire ravaged the Aberdeen Museum on June 9th, 2018. All of the Kurt Cobain pieces of memorabilia on display were destroyed.