On Sunday, October 7, Vicky Cornell and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) will celebrate Seattle's son, music icon and late Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Chris Cornell, with the public unveiling of a commemorative statue. Following the unveiling, footage of SOUNDGARDEN's performance at The Wiltern, captured by the Artist Den, will be screened inside MoPOP's Sky Church.
Since announcing plans for the statue, MoPOP and the Cornell family have received an overwhelming response from the community wanting to honor Chris's 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.
"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," said Vicky Cornell. "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."
"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," says Jasen Emmons, artistic director, MoPOP. "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.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
5:30 p.m.: Public Statue Unveiling
Speakers will include representatives from Cornell family, MoPOP and special guests
6 p.m.: Members of SOUNDGARDEN host special screening of "Live From The Artist's Den: Soundgarden" filmed at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, California.
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
Statue unveiling will take place on the northwest corner of 5th Avenue N and Thomas Street
Screening will take place in MoPOP's Sky Church
The event is free and open to the public.
RSVP is required to attend the screening: MoPOP.org/ChrisCornell
All ages. 21+ to drink.
Cornell was pronounced dead on May 18, 2017 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room the previous night. SOUNDGARDEN had played a show earlier that evening.
The 52-year-old had sedatives and an anxiety drug in his system on the night he died by hanging himself. According to a completed toxicology report released by Michigan's Wayne County Medical Examiner, the drugs didn't contribute to the cause of death.
In addition to SOUNDGARDEN, Cornell sang with AUDIOSLAVE and TEMPLE OF THE DOG, while also recording four solo studio albums and one live set on his own.