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Chris Cornell statue to be erected in Seattle

By | Published on Tuesday 24 July 2018

Chris Cornell

A statue of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is to be erected in his hometown of Seattle, it has been confirmed. Cornell’s wife Vicky commissioned sculptor Nick Marras to create the statue and has now donated it to the city’s Museum Of Pop Culture.

She said in a statement: “Even though Chris’s music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honour 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”.

He continued: “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”.

The museum’s Artistic Director Jasen Emmons added: “MoPOP is honoured to receive this gift from the Cornell family and pay tribute to one of the most powerful and important voices in popular music. 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”.

Cornell, of course, took his own life in May last year, shortly after performing a show with Soundgarden in Detroit.

The statue will be placed outside the museum and is set to be formally unveiled on 29 Aug.