Evening Standard, Hulton Archive LONDON (AP) - Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles.…
- Posted on May 7th 2011 1:30PM by Tom Davenport
A brochure from the foundation website describes potential features which include a live music platform and walkways inscribed with his lyrics. The project moved forward this week when the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation selected Murase Associates as the design team from a batch of 11 applicants, according to Central District News.
The project still needs to raise the remainder of the estimated $2m (£1.2m) cost of building the park. A recent donation of $20,000 (£12,132) from Janie Hendrix -- Jimi's step-sister, and co-manager of his estate -- brings the current funding total to $640,640 (£390,383), still 67% short of their total. The foundation aim to raise the full amount in time for what would have been Jimi's 70th birthday in 2012.
Janie Hendrix's generous personal donation comes seven years after a lengthy case over the Hendrix estate, valued in 2004 at $80m (£48.7m), according to to Seattle PI. An attorney representing Jimi's brother Leon described Janie and her cousin Robert as "greedy and inept controllers of an estate they had little right to," perhaps because she only met the guitarist twice before his death in 1970. The judge later gave financial control of the estate to an independent trustee.
Fans of the guitarist are encouraged to give donations at the park website.
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