Fans gathered in large number for the unveiling of Amy Winehouse’s statue in honour of her 31st birthday. The life-sized bronze statue was placed at Camden’s Stable Market, North London, where it will be a memorial to the late singer, reported Daily Express.
It was created by sculptor Scott Eaton, portrays Winehouse wearing a star of David necklace and a live red rose on her trademark beehive hairdo. Scott said the statue was meant to capture Winehouse’s “attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity.”
“The hand on the hip, the turn of the head, the grabbing of the skirt, the turned in foot – these are all small elements that contribute to the personality of the piece,” he added. Winehouse’s father Mitch, who was fully involved in the design of her statue, said, “It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions. They don’t put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she’s gone but spiritually she’ll never leave us.”
Her mother Janis said, “It’s just a wow, a definite wow. I am pleased with how the statue turned out because you can see that it’s Amy. It is soon but it was beyond our control – events overtook events but we’re very proud of it. Camden is Amy’s place, it’s where she belongs.”
Actress Barbara Windsor, Winehouse’s friend and a patron of the foundation set up in her name, said, “I’ve been in this business for 66 years now and I’ve had many honours throughout my career, but this is the greatest honour.” The singer died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27.