Chris Cornell Statue in the Works


The statue should take seven months to complete and Vicky is open to fan input as she and Cornell's attorney work out a suitable location for the tribute piece in Seattle.

Vicky Cornell tells The Seattle Times ( she has hired artist and sculptor Wayne Toth to create the memorial.

Cornell's widow, Vicky, announced the plans in an interview with The Seattle Times on Wednesday. "He is Seattle's son". The statue will take about seven months, and the family is now working with Seattle to find a suitable location where it can reside.

Chris Cornell's family want to immortalize him in more than just song. "My vow now is to keep his promise, and what better way to honour Chris and his hometown than by creating a music program to help these babies heal".

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"He has already given me a design and the children and I love it", Cornell told the paper.

In addition to the monument, the Cornell family has promised a $100k donation to the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at the Seattle nonprofit Childhaven, which provides care to abused and neglected children.

"Chris was always interested in protecting traumatized children who had suffered physical or psychological abuse", Vicky said, adding, "He always felt music was a way to heal even neurological and emotional conditions". Vicki Cornell also described the lingering shock of her husband's passing and seemed to give a nod to people (or, as some may call them, conspiracy theorists) who dispute he hung himself, saying: "It came with no warning".