Chris Cornell Statue Unveiled at MoPop

Music News
10/08/2018
Jasmine Albertson
photo by Dave Lichterman

Yesterday, an immense crowd gathered at the Museum of Pop Culture to watch the unveiling of a statue honoring and immortalizing former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Crafted by artist Nick Marra, the statue depicts Cornell mid-performance, holding an electric guitar.

“It’s a reflection of his light, a light that shone through his music and touched millions,” Cornell’s widow Vicki said during the ceremony. “A light that he used to illuminate our lives, and a light that will continue to inspire those in the future. This statue represents that light — a beautiful, powerful, incomparable presence in a hometown worthy of someone as special as Chris.”

Cornell’s three children Lily, Toni and Christopher did the honors of unveiling the statue. Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron also attended the ceremony. Cornell passed nearly a year and a half after committing suicide in a Detroit hotel room on May 18, 2017, hours after a Soundgarden concert. Watch the unveiling below.

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