The Statue of Chris Cornell at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Vandalized.

 

Seattle station KIRO 7 News reported that Late Thursday night (August 20), the beloved statue of local and music legend Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of The Dog, solo) was vandalized. It was painted white. Cornell died on May 18th 2017. Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky released a statement via the late singer’s social media. She wrote: “My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only a work of art but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle, but worldwide.

“In the face of this hate and destruction, we are thankful once again to the fans who stood up to support him and showed such immense love,” she continued. “It lifted our hearts to hear that fans brought supplies and attempted to clean up the heartbreaking vandalism. The statue will be restored. Hate will not win.”

The life-size statue, commissioned and donated to the museum by Vicky Cornell, stands outside MoPOP’s south entrance facing Fifth Avenue North. 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. Cornell’s widow and the surviving members of the band are in a legal battle over Chris’s final work on the unreleased final Soundgarden recording, which she feels she owns for release, even though the work was created together. 

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My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle. The statue is not only a work of art but a tribute to Chris, his incomparable musical legacy and everything that he stood for. It represents Chris, who is beloved not only in Seattle, but worldwide. In the face of this hate and destruction, we are thankful once again to the fans who stood up to support him and showed such immense love. It lifted our hearts to hear that fans brought supplies and attempted to clean up the heartbreaking vandalism. The statue will be restored. Hate will not win. Chris is Seattle’s Son! @mopopseattle @vulcaninc on behalf of our family thank you 🖤

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