On what would have been the late Chris Cornell’s 54th birthday (July 20), Vicky Cornell has announced that a new life-size statue of Chris will be erected in Seattle, Washington. The statue, which is being sculpted by Nick Marras, will be raised during a public ceremony on August 29 and it will feature him in one of his “iconic poses with his signature boots, dog tag, layers and long locks.” Vicky plans to donate the figure to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.
“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. 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.”
MoPOP Artistic Director, Jasen Emmons added:
“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.”
Some photos of the statue can be found over at TMZ.