The “Nirvana and Aberdeen” mural was installed over the weekend on the upper Wishkah Street side of Moore’s Interiors and will be dedicated on Sept. 20.
The mural was envisioned and executed by four local artists working under artist Erik Sandgren, who was commissioned by civic group Our Aberdeen to do the work shortly before the 47th birthday of Kurt Cobain on Feb. 20. Cobain grew up in Aberdeen and co-founded Nirvana.
Cobain’s close friend, Nirvana co-founder, bassist and former Harborite, Krist Novoselic has agreed to say a few words.
The city celebrated Cobain’s birthday for the first time this year. Cobain committed suicide in 1994. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently on the first ballot.
Sandgren and the four artists worked on the vision through email. Artists Dominic Senibaldi of Indianapolis, Ind., Jason Sobottka of DuPont, Anthony James Cotham of Buffalo, N.Y., and David Wall of Olympia traveled to Aberdeen this summer to work on the mural with Sandgren in the historic Electric Building. All have studied or worked with the Grays Harbor College fine arts instructor before.
The mural is 68 feet long and ranges from four to eight feet high and took 720 hours of artist time, Sylvia Dickerson of Our Aberdeen said.
The dedication will also celebrate two other Our Aberdeen murals that were worked on this summer. There will also be a street fair on Broadway, starting at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 20, Dickerson said.
The other murals to be celebrated will be Jenny Fisher’s Kelp Forest mural, which was painted on the side of City Center Drug at 108 E. Wishkah St., and the restored Bob McCausland Southside Swanson’s mural, if restorer Galvin Miller is finished by then, Dickerson said.
“The majority of the limelight will be devoted to ‘Nirvana and Aberdeen,’ ” she said.