Countless albums are released each year, but few stand the test of time. If there is one album that has become the anthem of a generation of discontented and questioning young people, it is Nirvana. no matter. The album art alone is iconic, but the songs themselves go even deeper. As Cobain sings “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Come As You Are”, the intimacy of such an emotional war speaks to our soul. It’s hard to believe that 30 years have passed since the album’s release, but for Peter Stokes, Adelaide Hills cyclist and Nirvana fan, it was a chance to pay homage to the album with his own. journey.
Stokes recreated the famous album cover art – the baby swimming to a dollar bill – with help from the popular fitness tracker app, Strava. Using GPS, he was able to trace the artwork using the streets of Adelaide as a canvas. The result: a sort of Nirvana tribute work of art, complemented by orange markings placed atop open green spaces and raised in white to indicate streets and buildings.
How long did such a trip last, you will ask? Stokes completed the entire 150 km trek in eight hours, and told ABC he had listened to the no matter soundtrack throughout the trip. “It’s definitely something I’ve thought about a lot and really want to do, to pay homage to what I think is a really good album,” he said.
“Earlier in the year [I was] going through my old record collection and like, ‘Oh my god, this album is 30 this year,’ and just thinking, ‘You know what, this deserves its own little track,’ ”Stokes said.
The album was officially released on September 24, 1991, and Stokes scheduled his tribute to coincide with the 30th anniversary date. He began his tour of Adelaide with a journey that took him from Campbelltown in the northeast to Plympton in the southwest. As for the hardest part of the ride, for Stokes it all boiled down to the face. “The face was really tough… but it’s pretty good,” he said.
“We have so much green space, so many parks which, in my opinion, are great for being able to cut and take shortcuts.”
This is not the first piece of art that Stokes has produced via his cycling diary on Strava. Previously, he also performed a performance of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Doing such a thing requires a lot of sharp turns and tight corners, and for Stokes that means getting up early to get out on the road before traffic. Usually he starts such a ride at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m., “Then it’s just a matter of having the map on a small screen on a phone on my bike and plotting that route – and stopping for coffee or in bakeries wherever I need it, “he added. .