A bronze likeness of the rapper returns to the former Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Atlanta
He really is wanted Dead Or Alive.
A new, 1000-pound, seven-foot-high bronze statue of Tupac Shakur will be built this fall in suburban Atlanta. The likeness of the slain rapper will be located on the grounds of what used to be the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts and replaces a former sculpture of Tupac that was removed when the center closed in 2015, TMZ reported. It added that while the original sculpture featured Tupac in a suit, the replacement would be more “gangster.”
Real estate investor Jim Burnett told the gossip site that he’d hired the Anglo-American artist Nijel Binns—best known for the two-ton Mother of Humanity bronze statue in Watts, CA—and gave him a $500,000 budget to put up a memorial. The property is located just down the street from where Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur, lived.
Afeni opened the performing arts center in 2005 as a headquarters for her son’s foundation, which provides arts camps for young people, and storage spot for the rap legend’s memorabilia. Still, royalties from Tupac’s unreleased catalogue began dwindling with time—though they remain significant—and the family eventually gave up the center.
Burnett bought the property in late 2015 and has converted part of it into office space for small businesses. The rest was developed into an indoor playground for young children as well as an outdoor water park for families. A memorial garden for Tupac, who died 21 years ago this September, remains.
A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, Tupac’s legend has only grown posthumously. In 2011, Forbes estimated that he made about $3.5 million from the grave. A hologram of the Harlem-born musician performed at the 2012 Coachella festival, while the BMW in which he was killed was reportedly placed on the block for $1.5 million this year.
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