The bronze Jimi Hendrix Statue in Seattle, Washington was unveiled in 1997. Now, over 20 years later, it is still a pop culture icon and popular tourist attraction in the city.
Actually named “The Electric Lady Studio Guitar,” for locals and visitors alike the sculpture is more commonly called the bronze Jimi Hendrix statue. Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and all-around musician widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in all of history. He was born in Seattle on November 27, 1942, making it the perfect city to erect a tribute.
The statue features Hendrix, dropped to his knees, shredding on a Woodstock Fender Stratocaster guitar. He is wearing a ruffled shirt, vest, and bell bottoms with his wild hair tied back in a scarf, modeled after his look at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.
The memorial was commissioned by real-estate developer and former chairman & CEO of AEI Music, Mike Malone. Artist Daryl Smith sculpted the statue along with ones of Chuck Berry and John Lennon as part of Malone’s “AEI Music Legends Collection.” While it might make more sense for the bust to live at Jimi Hendrix park or even the Museum of Pop Culture, it was installed in the Capitol Hill neighborhood at the corner of Broadway Avenue E and Pine Street, near The Broadway Building where Malone had an office.
Looking for more Jimi Hendrix attractions in Seattle? Here are some others to check out:
- Jimi Hendrix Park
A 2.3-acre park named in honor of the musician. (2400 S Massachusetts St, Learn More)
- Bronze Bust
Donated by the Hendrix family, at the Garfield High School library.
- Memorial at Greenwood Memorial Park
A granite dome with etchings and a guitar hold Hendrix’s remains. (350 Monroe Ave NE, Renton)
- Woodland Park Zoo memorial
A plaque commemorating the artist in the African Savanna exhibit.
- Museum of Pop Culture Displays
A collection of memorabilia on display. (325 5th Ave N, Learn More)
The Electric Lady Studio Guitar: Bronze Jimi Hendrix Statue
Address: 1604 Broadway, Seattle, WA
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible