Jimi Hendrix Bronze Statue
Location: Seattle, WA (Broadway & E Pine St.)
When to visit: Anytime
Time needed: 5 minutes
Website: news article (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.
As statues go, this one is really good. It’s very accurate and gets the face right, something that many statues fail to do.
The statue is often covered with various articles of clothing, like a necktie or Christmas decorations. Leave it to the good folks of Capitol Hill to ensure that Jimi’s fashion changes with the times.
Jimi Hendrix Seattle History
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.
Is there a Jimi Hendrix Museum in Seattle? No, not right now. MOPOP, the Museum of Pop Culture, was originally a Hendrix Museum. It has since expanded to feature pop culture of all kinds. MOPOP still has a collection of 6000 Hendrix-related items, and many remain on display. Find the museum right next to the Space Needle.
The hardcore Jimi Hendrix fan can also visit his memorial and grave site, located in Greenwood Memorial Park in Renton, Washington. As for the Hendrix Seattle home, well, Jimi’s childhood house (on 4th Ave. in Renton) was torn down in 2009 so you won’t be able to visit.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a Hendrix tour in Seattle either. The closest thing you may find is a Rock & Roll Tour or the Seattle Highlights Sightseeing Tour through Viator. And while you’re in town don’t forget to stop by the Gum Wall near Pike Place Market!