Soundgarden has gone down as one of the most important bands to ever come out of Seattle, Washington. Chris Cornell’s 2017 death devastated the music world and spawned countless tributes cementing his legacy. Now a statue erected in Cornell’s memory has its unveiling date, on October 7th. “Chris Cornell: An Everlasting Tribute to Seattle’s Son” will be unveiled by Chris’ wife Vicky Cornell and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). Following the unveiling, footage of Soundgarden’s performance at The Wiltern, captured by the Artist Den, will be screened inside MoPOP’s Sky Church. More details can be found below.
MoPOP and the Cornell family have received an overwhelming response from the community wanting to honor Chris’ life. The decision was made to move the statue unveiling from Wednesday, August 29 to Sunday, October 7 to accommodate crowds. 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 Marras showcases the rock legend in one of his iconic poses with his signature boots, dog tag, layers and long locks.
Vicky Cornell commented:
“As an artist, my husband was not only one of the greatest voices in rock history but also one of the greatest and most prolific poets of his time- his contribution to music birthed a movement that would leave an indelible mark on popular music forever. It only makes sense that I donate this statue to MoPop with their dedication to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. Like my husband and his music, MoPop reaches multigenerational audiences, and this is the perfect place where people near and far can come together to not only support the museum and its programs, but also celebrate the legacy that my husband left behind, not only in Seattle but around the world.”
Jasen Emmons, Artistic Director, MoPOP also added:
“MoPOP is honored to receive this gift from Vicky Cornell and pay tribute to one of the most powerful and important voices in popular music.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.”
Vicky and MoPOP invite the community to attend the statue unveiling and RSVP to attend the screening. Both events are free to the public. Space is limited for the screening.
WHEN: Sunday, October 7, 2018
5:30pm: Public Statue Unveiling
Speakers will include representatives from Cornell Family, MoPOP and special guests
6:00pm: Members of Soundgarden Host Special screening of Live From The Artist’s Den: Soundgarden filmed at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA.
WHERE: Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Statue unveiling will take place on the northwest corner of 5
th Avenue N and Thomas Street
Screening will take place in MoPOP’s Sky Church
TICKETS: The event is free and open to the public.
RSVP is required to attend the screening: www.MoPOP.org/ChrisCornell
All ages. 21+ to drink.