CMA Awards 2018
Tupac Shakur Will Be Honored With Bronze Statue in Georgia
After the previously named Tupac Amaru Shakur Center was sold in 2015 to Jim Burnett, the original statue of the West Coast lyricist was taken down. Burnett -- who now owns the amphitheater -- has reportedly hired artist Nijel Binns (who has previously created states of Michael Jackson and Shirley Temple) to helm the project.
Binns also took to his Facebook page to recognize the statue. "Honored to be part of celebrating another legend, Tupac Shakur," he wrote.
This time around, Binns will help immortalize Shakur with a seven-foot bronze statue that will weigh approximately 1,000 pounds. Burnett is looking to unveil the statue in September.
This past weekend, Shakur was honored in more ways than one. First, the Tupac Shakur estate transformed New York's Lower East restaurant Sweet Chick into his dream establishment, the Powamekka Cafe was designed after the late star, who created the original concept behind the restaurant to celebrate his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Fans were able to eat from a menu based on Shakur's favorite meals and look through his photos and memorabilia, as well as purchase merchandise from a pop-up shop powered by VLONE and Bravado next door.
Billboard reached out to Jim Burnett for comment.