A commemorative statue of the late Soundgarden singer will be erected in his hometown.
UPDATE 8/24: The statue unveiling ceremony has been moved to Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
ORIGINAL STORY: Since the death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell last year, Seattle fans have been clamoring for a memorial to the late star in his hometown. Next month they are getting their wish.
On Friday, July 20, which would have been the singer’s 54th birthday, his widow Vicky Cornell announced that she is donating a life-sized bronze statue of the grunge icon to the Museum of Pop Culture. The statue will be unveiled with a public ceremony on Aug. 29.
“Even though Chris’ music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle’s unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father and husband,” Vicky said in a statement. “Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle — our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start.”
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The piece was commissioned from sculptor Nick Marras and will depict the former Ray’s Boathouse cook-turned-rock star “in one of his iconic poses with his signature boots, dog tag, layers and long locks,” according to the announcement. It will stand outside of MoPOP’s gold south entrance facing Fifth Avenue.
“MoPOP is honored to receive this gift from the Cornell family and pay tribute to one of the most powerful and important voices in popular music,” said Jasen Emmons, the museum’s artistic director, in a statement. “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.”
In May, friends, family and fans gathered at Cornell’s grave site in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a vigil marking the anniversary of the singer’s death. Cornell died following a 2017 concert in Detroit in what was ruled a suicide by the Wayne County Medical Examiner.