The life-sized statue has had it’s public unveiling to commemorate the late singer/songwriter in his hometown of Seattle.
Chris Cornell‘s wife, Vicky, commissioned and donated the bronze statue to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). It was sculpted by artist Nick Marras and shows the singer in one of his iconic poses.
“As an artist, my husband was not only one of the greatest voices in rock history but also one of the greatest and most prolific poets of his time- his contribution to music birthed a movement that would leave an indelible mark on popular music forever. It only makes sense that I donate this statue to MoPop with their dedication to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture,” said Vicky Cornell. “Like my husband and his music, MoPop reaches multigenerational audiences, and this is the perfect place where people near and far can come together to not only support the museum and its programs, but also celebrate the legacy that my husband left behind, not only in Seattle but around the world.”
“MoPOP is honored to receive this gift from Vicky Cornell and pay tribute to one of the most powerful and important voices in popular music,” says Jasen Emmons, Artistic Director, MoPOP. “MoPOP serves to celebrate the Seattle music scene and the luminaries who have emerged from the Northwest and Chris was a key figure who has made a lasting impact on generations worldwide.”
Around 1000 fans including family and friends surrounded MoPOP for the special occasion on Sunday, October 7. Vicky, along with Chris’ three children unveiled the statue of the Soundgarden lead singer. After the unveiling, band members and family gathered around the statue for photos. The new memorial is now open to the public and cementing the rock legend’s forever in Seattle.
Kirstine moved from the UK to Chicago in 2011, and has fallen in love with the city and its music scene. She enjoys combining her two biggest passions – music and photography. If there is a band with a guitar playing, chances are she’ll be there…camera in hand. Kirstine went to her first live concert at 7 years old, and hasn’t looked back since!