Chris Cornell’s statue vandalized at Seattle museum, late singer’s widow and kids ‘heartbroken’
‘Hate will not win,’ Vicky Cornell says in response to the act
A Chris Cornell statue that stands at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) to commemorate the late Soundgarden frontman was vandalized.
MoPOP released a statement confirming that the sculpture was recently targeted. Photos making their rounds on social media show the bronze statue covered in what appears to be white paint.
“We are deeply pained by this act targeting the memory of a beloved artist in Seattle and around the world,” MoPOP said in a statement via The Seattle Times. “We have notified appropriate authorities and have cordoned off the area so that professional conservators can assess the damage and develop a plan that will restore this important piece of public art without damaging it further.”
Seattle is Cornell’s hometown. His wife, Vicky Cornell, commissioned the piece and donated it to the museum as a way to honor the late artist. It portrays the singer holding a Gibson guitar with one hand in the air as he’s wearing his signature boots and dog tags.
Vicky took to Instagram late Friday to share that she and the couple’s kids were “heartbroken” to learn of the act of vandalism.
“The statue is not only 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,” Vicky captioned a picture of the statue.