The statue of singer Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in Camden in tribute to the late singer.
The statue is bronze and includes Winehouse’s trademark beehive hairstyle, a star of David necklace and a red rose in her hair. The star, who died of alcohol poisoning at the very young age of 27 , was honoured with the statue been placed in Stables Market on Sunday which would have been her 31st birthday. Many fans turned out to see the statue been unveiled of their idol by sculptor Scott Eaton who gave huge applause as the statue was unveiled.
Her father Mitch placed a kiss on the cheek of his daughter’s statue and 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. I feel sad, very, very sad. We shouldn’t be here but we are, this is the reality and we’ve just got to make the most of it. So this statue is part of making the most of it. Getting people to come here, spend some time with Amy and put a flower in her hair and remember her in a very positive way. That for me is wonderful. I’ll be coming to visit it all the time. It was difficult to see the sculpture at first but I’m getting used to it. It looks just beautiful.”
Her mum Janis was of course also there and said,
“It’s just a wow, a definite wow,” she said. “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.”
Eaton said he wished for the statue to be “reflective and contemplative”.
While actress Barbara Windsor, a friend of Winehouse’s and a patron of the foundation set up in Winehouse’s name, said it was a great honour to unveil the statue.
“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,” said Windsor. “I was one of the fortunate people who got to know Amy in the last few years of her too short life. Not only was she one of the greatest talents that this country has ever produced, she was a warm, lovely kind and fun lady. She was what we call in our business a superb bird, that’s what she was. Amy loved Camden with a passion and Camden loved her so it’s only right her presence should remain here.”
R.I.P. Amy Winehouse.