Nirvana – “Nevermind” album cover location

The album cover photo for Nirvana's landmark album, "Nevermind," was shot at the pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.

The album cover photo for Nirvana’s landmark album, “Nevermind,” was shot at the pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center.

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA

In 1991, photographer Kirk Weddle, photographed a four month old naked baby boy named Spencer Elden, in the pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center for an album cover for a virtually unknown band at the time called Nirvana.

Elden’s father, shared an art studio space with Weddle and agreed to let him use baby Spencer as a model. According to the elder Elden, “Babies have a gag reflex, If you blow in their face, they hold their breath. I blew in Spencer’s face and put him in the water. Kirk was shooting 18 frames a second, so Spencer was in the water for about two seconds.” Spencer’s modeling fee was $200.

The record label’s art department added the fish hook and dollar bill later.

Required Listening:

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. Come As You Are
  3. Lithium
  4. In Bloom

 

The album cover for Nirvana's "Nevermind."

The album cover for Nirvana’s “Nevermind.”

 

 

The pool where the baby was photographed for "Nevermind."

The pool where the baby was photographed for “Nevermind.”

 

Map of Pasadena, CA.