Prince’s Paisley Park estate opened its doors to the public on Thursday with thousands of fans coming out to pay respects to the late icon.
It was discovered by those in attendance that Prince’s actual remains are on display at the estate in a custom urn designed by Prince’s sister.
via The Current:
Beyond the surprise and awe, visitors had questions: how was the urn designed? Who made it? Details have now emerged, via a press release from the Eden Prairie firm that created the urn in collaboration with Prince’s family.
Foreverence is an Eden-Prairie-based company that specializes in creating custom burial urns. Among their previous products: an urn for the late Bob Casale shaped like his signature Devo hat, an Ace of Spaces hat for Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, and a megaphone for Scott Weiland. Foreverence is led by Peter Saari, who’s quickly risen to national fame as 3D printer of urns for the stars.
“The artist’s sister and nephew, Tyka and President Nelson, collaborated with Foreverence artists and craftspeople on an original concept that symbolized the Prince’s home, recording studio and sanctuary,” according to the press release.
“Made of ceramic and glass and measuring 19” x 18” x 14,” the urn features several distinctive elements that reflect the artist’s personality. Tyka Nelson hand?selected seven iridescent crystals – representing the artist’s favorite number – to be part of the urn design and placed the final jewel in the piece herself. The urn opens up to reveal lighting and scale?model details from Paisley Park, including the main atrium, Prince’s famous purple Yamaha piano and white ornamental doves.”
No personal photography is allowed on the Paisley Park tours, so no images of the urn have surfaced…yet.