A life-sized bronze statue of Jimi Hendrix commissioned by Mike Malone, the founder of AEI Music Network is proudly displayed just off the corner of Broadway and E. Pine St. in Seattle, Washington. Dedicated in 1997, the statue features Jimi in his rightful place, on a pedestal, playing his guitar while leaned back on his knees in the classic rock star pose. Captured mid mind blowing performance for eternity, the bronze is something of a local landmark, roadside attraction, and tourist hot spot for the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
While damn near everyone in the world knows who Jimi Hendrix is, many don’t know that he is one of Seattle’s favorite sons. Born November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, Jimi Hendrix went from local gigs with friends to world renowned musician, famous for his unique style as much as his incredible guitar performances. Seattle artist Daryl Smith, who was commissioned to produce the bronze (as well as those of a few other famous musicians not on display), paid great attention to the little details that give it the sense of emotion needed for such a fitting tribute.
The statue is often decorated with guitar picks and strings, cigarettes, scarves, flowers, and candles by tourists and locals alike. With its proximity to several live music venues and bars, there are plenty of lane night drinkers leaving their gifts as well.
Jimi Hendrix Bronze Facts
- The statue was based on a series of photos taken at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
- The Hendrix statue is in front of a building owned by Mike Malone who commissioned the work.
- Hendrix is depicted playing a Fender Stratocaster.
- The bronze is located in front of the corporate offices of AEI Music Networks.
- The two other statues commissioned were of Chuck Berry and John Lennon.