‘Pure hate’: Chris Cornell statue vandalised in Seattle

The Chris Cornell statue at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture has been vandalised with white paint.

The bronze statue, unveiled in 2018 following the Soundgarden frontman’s death in 2017, was splashed with the paint during the week.

The sculpture was created by Nick Marra and was installed outside the Museum of Pop Culture on the Seattle Center grounds in the US state of Washington.

The life-size statue was gifted to the museum by Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell.

The vandalised statue. Credit: KIRO 7 News

Vicky Cornell said she was “heartbroken” by the destruction.

“My children and I are heartbroken to learn of the vandalization of Chris’s statue at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle,” she wrote on social media.

“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!”

Cornell then went on to clarify the vandalisation was not linked to politics or riots.

“I want to be very clear to everyone this had nothing to do with the current state of affairs.

“It was not in the midst of riots or mob action.

“This has been threatened over the course of the last several weeks.

“It was an individual who arrived at 6am to besmirch my husband’s legacy out of pure hate.

“Complete disrespect and disregard for art but also for everything the statue stands for and what by husband stood for.

“And I want to thank the fans who went there last night and tried to clean it.

“When I heard about it I cried. It made me realize how much more good there is out there and how you the fans show up for our beloved Chris no matter what – “you’re never far away… “ thank you.”

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