Shortly after Chris Cornell‘s widow, Vicky, announced that the family had commissioned a statue honoring the late Soundgarden singer, the first images of the homage were revealed. The life sized bronze sculpture by artist Nick Marra is slated to go on display on Aug. 29 at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture and it captures the charismatic frontman’s signature curly hair and intense gaze as he strums a guitar, right hand in the air clutching a pick.
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“Here’s a first look at the life-size Chris Cornell statue that will be erected next month at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.”https://t.co/j85t7kbf9I
— Sylvia Simon (@sziszke69) July 21, 2018
The Grammy-winning lead vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave was found dead in a Detroit hotel room hours after a Soundgarden concert May 18, 2017. A medical examiner determined the 52-year-old had killed himself. Cornell was born and raised in Seattle. On Saturday (July 21), Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron released a previously unseen photo of Cornell from the final night of the 1992 Lollapalooza tour to honor what would have been the singer’s 54th birthday.
“Chris had a Polaroid camera, a do rag and was taking shots with various people on the tour, handing them out as souvenirs. I saved mine,” Cameron wrote.
Cornell’s son, Chris Cornell Jr.,12, also paid homage to what would have been his father’s birthday with an emotional response to a post by his mother. “Mommy you were and still are daddy’s love, life and whole world,” he wrote on Vicky Cornell’s post featuring a picture of a smiling Chris Cornell blowing out birthday candles.