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January 26, 2010 at 3:57 PM

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Hendrix's statue may move away from Capitol Hill

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

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10:35 a.m. [Click on sketch to view larger] [Sketch location]

When I read at the Big Blog that the Jimi Hendrix statue on Capitol Hill may be relocated, I realized I had never seen it. How could that be? I've walked along Broadway quite a few times! (Note: I'm still fairly new to the area but quickly earning points towards my "citizen of Seattle" badge.)

So I went there this morning and paid tribute to the legendary musician with this quick sketch. I also asked some passers-by for their opinion about the statue's possible relocation to the park that bears his name next to the Northwest African American Museum in the Central District.

"I'm all for that," said Thomas Donald on his way to a class at Seattle Community College. He said he doesn't own any Hendrix's records but is a huge fan.

Aaron Robinson said he would be upset if they moved it. "It would be more accessible to people here. More visible," he said on his way to work. Fan of Hendrix? "Of course."

Ariel Goldman said it makes sense to move it. "It's his park, his statue," she said. "The statue is kind of small and it's in front of a store. If it was bigger it would be a bigger deal," she said.

The statue was created by Seattle sculptor Daryl Smith.

There's an open house event at Jimi Hendrix Park this Thursday where plans for the park will be presented. Info at jimihendrix park dot org.

P.S.: The ghost-like image to the right of the sketch is David Albright, a local video journalist who contributes to the Capitol Hill Blog. He tagged along during my sketch outing getting some footage for an upcoming post.

Bonus links
Will Jimi Hendrix statue leave Capitol Hill?
Jimi Hendrix statue should live in Central District's Jimi Hendrix Park
The sculptor behind Jimi

Bonus sketch
I stopped by this 1907 architectural gem on my walk up to Capitol Hill.

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