Work has begun on a Chris Cornell statue to be raised at a public ceremony in Seattle on August 29, 2018.
Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell announced on her late husband’s 54th birthday that sculptor Nick Marras has been commissioned to create the life sized statue.
“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,” said Vicky Cornell. “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 statue will be donated to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.
“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,” 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.”
The statue will be placed on display in front of the Museum of Pop Culture’s gold south entrance, facing 5th Avenue.