A statue of singer Amy Winehouse was revealed on Sunday, Sept. 14, the day that would have been the late singer’s 31st birthday, at the Stables Market in her hometown neighborhood of Camden, located in north London. The life-size bronze statue has a remarkable resemblance to the Rehab crooner, including details such as the singer’s trademark beehive, retro apparel, winged eyeliner and a Star of David necklace.
The singer’s parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, both attended the public unveiling of the sculpture along with many loyal fans. Mitch kissed and embraced the statue after it was presented to the community, stating that today has filled him with extremely “mixed emotions,” and said that Amy will never spiritually leave those that loved her. He added that seeing the figure of his daughter is like stopping the singer in a beautiful moment in time.
The late singer’s father continued by saying he felt very sad, but the reality is that his daughter is gone and he and others need to make the best of it. Having people come see her statue, Mitch said, and remember her in an encouraging way is wonderful.
Janis commented by saying that she was pleased with how the sculpture turned out because it is evident when looking at it that it is Amy. “It is just a definite wow,” she declared. The London revealing of the statue of the late Amy Winehouse on the singer’s birthday seemed to be a gift to both her parents and her devoted followers.
Scott Eaton, the sculptor of the statue, stated to The Independent that the singer’s pose had to capture Amy’s strength and attitude but also that he needed to give her slight hints of insecurity. The grabbing of the skirt, hand on the hip, and the turned in foot are elements that definitely contribute to the personality of the art piece, he commented.
Winehouse contributed her final performance in Camden before her passing in 2011 at age 27 from alcohol poisoning. The five-time Grammy Award winner had been battling substance abuse for many years and even sang about her addiction in many of her songs. She became known for her songs Back to Black, Valerie and Rehab from her album Back to Black. Mitch founded the Amy Winehouse Foundation charity to help young people struggling with similar issues following the death of his daughter.
Mitch said that the city of Camden meant a lot to his daughter and vice versa. To have her statue standing forever at the heart of the hustle and bustle of the Stables Market just fits, he said. Her father also stated in a Facebook post that was published one day earlier that now Amy will watch over “the comings and goings of her hometown forever.”
An extremely talented vocalist, she was highly respected by her family, friends and fans despite her problems with alcohol and drug addiction. The revealing of Winehouse’s statue at London’s Stables Market on the late singer’s birthday honors her memory, as well as her accomplishments and passionate spirit.
By Amy Nelson