If you happen to visit the new Pearl Jam exhibit at Seattle’s Musuem of Pop during the next five months, the first thing you’ll see is a huge statue. But it’s not of any of the band members.
Bassist Jeff Ament commissioned a statue of late Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood for the exhibit. After Wood died in March of 1990, Mother Love Bone members Ament and Stone Gossard went on to start Pearl Jam.
Ament tells Rolling Stone that the statue weighs 13,000 pounds and it cost “a lot,” adding that it was all worth it because “there’s a lot of things that would be different not just for me, but for the entire Seattle musical community, had it not been for him.”
Ament adds that he’s already started thinking about where the statue will go after the exhibit closes early next year. He’s talked about somewhere at Seattle Center, where the museum is located. “We’re trying to figure out if there’s place for it. Originally, I was perfectly happy just to have him be in the woods out in Bainbridge Island somewhere,” which is where Wood was raised.