Quirky Attraction: Jimi Hendrix Statue in Seattle

jimi hendrix statue

Jimi Hendrix Bronze Statue
Location: Seattle, WA (Broadway & E Pine St.)
When to visit: Anytime
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 5 minutes
Website: discoverblackheritage.com/jimi-hendrix-statue (unofficial)

This week’s quirky attraction is simple, but it’s awesome. In the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle stands a statue of guitar god Jimi Hendrix. Unveiled in 1997, the bronze likeness shows Hendrix on his knees shredding on his guitar. The statue was created by local artist Daryl Smith based on photos of Hendrix from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Want to visit? The address is 900 E. Pine Street.

The statue is often covered with various articles of clothing, like the necktie in the photo above. Leave it to the good folks of Capitol Hill to ensure that Jimi’s fashion changes with the times.

Hendrix is a Seattle native, which explains why the locals honored him in this manner. (How long until we get a Kurt Cobain statue?) There’s also a Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle which, strangely, is not located near the statue. Some folks have suggested moving the statue over there, but so far it has remained in its original home.

The hardcore Jimi Hendrix fan can also visit his memorial and grave site, located in Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Washington.


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