Paisley Park, the famous recording complex and estate owned by the late legend Prince, opened its doors Thursday after being granted a temporary museum permit by Chanhassen, Minnesota officials. Thousands of fans flocked to the location and were met with the surprise display of the Purple One's remains inside the studio, Billboard reported. The custom urn was designed by Prince's nephew and sister alongside Foreverence, the same company behind unique burial urns for late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and others.
"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," a press release obtained by the Current reads. "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." Photos of the urn are not permitted.
Prince passed away at age 57 at the Paisley Park estate in April from a fentanyl overdose. Hit n Run Phase Two, released via Tidal in December of 2015, ended up becoming the beloved musician's final collection of recorded music. In an open letter published in September, frequent collaborator Apollonia Kotero detailed the "personal hell on Earth" brought about Prince's death. "I see you everywhere," she wrote. "I see you in everything."