Chris Cornell Seattle Statue Artist Recreates Layne Staley

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A Chris Cornell tribute statue in Seattle was announced by Vicky Cornell yesterday, created by Nick Marras. Marras also has created a Layne Staley tribute sculpture to honor the late Alice In Chains singer, which you can view below. The sculpture recreated Staley’s likeness from Alice In Chains’ 1996 MTV Unplugged performance.

The Chris Cornell statue will be erected Aug. 29 at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. The announcement comes on what would have been Cornell’s 54th birthday. Vicky Cornell commissioned sculptor Nick Marras to create a life-size bronze statue of her late husband in his signature boots, dog tag and long locks.

Vicky Cornell has elaborated on plans for the statue in a new quote she gave to The Seattle Times.

“Even though Chris’ music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle’s unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father and husband,” Vicky said in a statement. “Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle — our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start.”

“MoPOP is honored to receive this gift from the Cornell family and pay tribute to one of the most powerful and important voices in popular music,” said Jasen Emmons, the museum’s artistic director, in a statement. “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.”