Images from 16mm 7222 footage shot at the Cobain memorial, held at the Seattle Center the Sunday following Cobain's death.


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Also, a 42 frame AVI clip from the event. (856K filesize, stagger 'printed' for 12 fps speed)


These images are from black-and-white 16mm footage that I filmed at the memorial service and candlight vigil held at the Seattle Center Flag Pavillion and International Fountain on the Sunday following Kurt Cobain's death. My intent was to document the event, but also to try to capture to full range of people for whom Cobain and his music were important enough that they felt the need to come down to the Center and be with other people who might feel the way they did. There were a lot of young kids at the service, but there were also a lot of older people. And a lot of parents, many with children who'd barely been born when "Smells Like Teen Spirit" achieved its phenomenal success. Young mall rats and old hippies. Goths, wavers, headbangers and punks. Some were angry. Some were defiant. Some were visably devestated. By the late afternoon the crowd had taken over the fountain, singing along with recorded Nirvana music that was being piped through the fountain's sound system. The wax from hundreds of candles melted into the pebbled masonary, impossible to clean out or remove. Over the next few months, the colors of the candle wax faded to a grayish yellow. In November of 1994, the International Fountain was torn out, so it could be replaced with a fountain of a new design. - E.H. Larson

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Copyright 1996 E.H. Larson.