On Sunday, October 7, Vicky Cornell, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) and community celebrated Seattle’s son, music icon and late Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Cornell with the public unveiling of a commemorative statue. Following the unveiling, footage of Soundgarden’s performance at The Wiltern, captured by the Artist Den, was screened to a full house inside MoPOP’s Sky Church.
The life-size bronze statue was commissioned and donated to MoPOP by the late musician’s wife, Vicky Cornell. The statue sculpted by artist Nick Marra showcases the rock legend in one of his iconic poses with his signature boots, dog tag, layers and long locks. Located along fifth avenue, the statue is mounted directly to the sidewalk creating an intimate experience for fans with the iconic artist.
MoPOP’s artistic director Jasen Emmons welcomed fans and accepted the generous gift on behalf of MoPOP. Vulcan Inc.’s CEO Bill Hilf, Vicky Cornell, Trevor Neilson and Mayor Jenny Durkan honored Chris at the unveiling. On Mayor Durkan’s cue, the Cornell children Lily Cornell, 18; Toni Cornell, 14; and Christopher Cornell, 12 officially unveiled the statue. In the crowd was additional members of the Cornell family, Soundgarden band members Matt Cameron, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd, as well as Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam and his wife Pandora Andre-Beatty, Danny Bland and Kelly Curtis.