Soundgarden Fans Turn Seattle’s ‘A Sound Garden’ Into A Memorial For Chris Cornell

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Seattle’s A Sound Garden art installation is a stunning assemblage of structures on the shores of Lake Washington. The installation consists of 12 towers, which are topped with organ pipes and weather vanes that produce sound whenever the wind blows. While it is a tourist attraction normally due to the views and the peaceful atmosphere, after the news of former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s death broke on Thursday the location turned into an informal memorial for the singer.

Fans and mourners visited the park, bringing flowers and notes bearing Soundgarden lyrics to the area. The art installation was the inspiration for Soundgarden’s name, as you might expect, and with its location in the birthplace of grunge it makes for a perfectly appropriate place to mourn one of grunge’s towering stars.

Cornell was found dead in his Detroit hotel room, and his death was later confirmed as a suicide by the medical examiner. Just as video of his final performance will always have a special meaning to fans, the place that gave one of grunge’s most popular bands its name will also serve as a place where fans can return to time after time and mourn Chris in their own way and on their on schedule.