When Paisley Park opened as a museum earlier this month to honor its former owner, the late musician Prince, visitors were greeted with an unexpected tribute: a perfect miniature replica of the house itself, inside of which rest Prince’s ashes.
The scale-model Paisley Park is a specially designed, 3D-printed urn crafted by a cremation memorial service called Foreverence in collaboration with Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and her son, President Nelson. The replica measures 14 inches high and 18 inches long, with a bold purple and jewel-encrusted “Love Symbol” appropriately affixed to the front.
“Foreverence has helped hundreds of families tell the stories of their loved ones lives through individually designed, 3D printed, ceramic cremation urns and memorials,” said Pete Saari, CEO and founder of Foreverence, to People magazine. “Through conversation, photographs and sketches, we arrive at what is the most appropriate and meaningful expression of a person’s life and legacy. We then design and manufacture the perfect memorial.”
The choice to use Paisley Park as the pinnacle expression of Prince’s legacy seems only natural. Inside the 3D-printed sculpture, the mansion’s interior is also commemorated with a miniature purple Yamaha piano and white doves. The prolific musician wrote and recorded many of his most famous songs inside Paisley Park itself.
The estate is also where Prince was found dead on April 21 earlier this year. The 57-year-old millionaire had no will, which caused much controversy and speculation over what would become of Paisley Park and the thousands of unreleased recordings purportedly inside. Prince was unmarried at the time and had no surviving children; his untimely death still serves as a grim reminder to many, even those under the age of 40, to prepare a will now.
The cause of the late singer’s death was ruled an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid drug said to be 50 times more potent than heroin. Though Prince had been prescribed painkillers for years to help manage chronic hip and knee problems, investigations are still ongoing as to whether the fentanyl was legally prescribed or acquired off the black market.
According to Minnesota law, anyone who provided Prince with the fentanyl that caused his overdose could face charges of third-degree murder. In the event that a medical doctor routinely prescribed the singer with painkillers while aware of his increasing substance dependence, a medical malpractice suit might also be pursued. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) estimates that about 225,000 people die from medical malpractice every year, though authorities have not yet released any details about the extent of their investigations.
For now, fans continue to flock to the Minneapolis suburb where Prince’s ashes have been put to rest and where Paisley Park has been granted only temporary permission to operate as a museum. The area’s City Council will vote on a zoning bid next week that could secure the estate’s place as a permanent tribute to the Purple One.