Grunge rock legend Chris Cornell will be honoured with a life-sized statue in the city where it all began.
The late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman’s widow Vicky has marked the date of what would have been Cornell’s 54th birthday (July 20th) by announcing plans to erect an epic commemorative sculpture in Seattle, the rocker’s home city and the birthplace of grunge music.
“Even though Chris’ 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,” Vicky Cornell says..
Sculptor Nick Marras was commissioned to create the US$200K bronze statue of Cornell, standing at his real-life height of 6″3, posed with his guitar, boots, dog tags and majestic hair on display, and holding a pick in the air in full “rock god” power stance.
According to TMZ, Vicky apparently got in touch with Marras after admiring the work he did on a sculpture for actor Anton Yelchin’s tombstone, which sits about 12 metres away from Cornell’s in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
She’s donated the sculpture to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, where it will be unveiled on August 29th.
“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,” Vicky saiys.
While MoPOP Artistic Director Jasen Emmons adds: “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.
“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.”
Check out some snaps of the statue below.
Rest in peace, Chris.
(July 20, 1964 – Forever)
“Here’s a first look at the life-size Chris Cornell statue that will be erected next month at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.”https://t.co/j85t7kbf9I
— Sylvia Simon (@sziszke69) July 21, 2018