Statue of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell to be raised in Seattle
[Photo by: Whitney Newell]

On what would have been the Soundgarden frontman’s 54th birthday, Chris Cornell’s widow announced that a life-size statue of the rock ’n’ roll legend is scheduled to be raised in his hometown of Seattle.

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Last year, Vicky Cornell announced that she had plans to commission a sculptor to create the figure. After hiring Nick Marras for the job, the bronze statue is said to feature Cornell in dog tags, his signature boots, layered clothing and long hair.

Set to be donated to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture, a public ceremony will welcome Marras’ creation Wednesday, 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 Cornell says. “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 itself will be placed in front of the museum’s south entrance, and MoPOP says that they are honored to receive such a tribute.

“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,” artistic director of MoPOP Jasen Emmons says.

After playing a Soundgarden concert last May, Cornell unexpectedly died at the age of 52 in what was later ruled a suicide.

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