Notorious BIG Will Be Immortalized With A Statue In Brooklyn
The Notorious B.I.G.‘s music will live on forever, but a museum in his hometown is looking to immortalize him in a different way: with a statue.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum is raising money to complete and erect a bronze statue of the legendary lyricist in Brooklyn, New York City. A GoFundMe page is up to accept donations for remaining $35,000 needed to complete the project.
According to XXL magazine, the statue was previously on display in an exhibit at the 210 Gallery in New York City. But the GoFundMe campaign is raising $35,000 to complete its design and bronzing, handle expenses connected with the city fees, the mounting of the statue, compensating the artists, and to make a donation to the Christopher Wallace Foundation, which supports youth and education initiatives.
Along with the GoFundMe campaign, The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum will host events to raise money to complete the statue.
“The BIGGIE Memorial will be a new New York landmark in the neighborhood which still treasures him. The memorial will be a bold reminder of the hip hop and music history which has helped form the creative and cultural landscape of New York City and around the world,” a press release for the project reads.
The statue was designed by Brooklyn-based artist Tanda Francis, who is a fellow of the Art Students League of New York. Down Lo Music CEO Dennis Mathis, who relaunched the Think B.I.G. basketball tournament and has produced and promoted other events that pay tribute to Biggie and raise money for the The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, is also involved in the project.
The statue would be another memorial to a hip-hop artist in Brooklyn this year. In April, a street in Park Slope, Brooklyn was renamed to commemorate Robert “Pumpkinhead/PH” Diaz, the underground rapper who died in June 2015.