Today (September 14) would have been the late singer's 31st birthday
A sculpture of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in London’s Camden on what would have been the singer’s 31st birthday.
The life-size memorial was designed by Scott Eaton and was erected at the Stables Market, not far from the house where the singer died in July 2011.
The statue was unveiled by Mitch Winehouse, the singer’s father. Speaking about the memorial, he said: “It is incredibly emotional to see Amy immortalised like this, but Scott has done an amazing job in capturing her. It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time. The Winehouse family are very grateful to Scott and we really hope Amy’s fans love the statue. We want to remind everyone of her talent and that her legacy, through her music and the Amy Winehouse Foundation, carries on. Camden meant a lot to Amy and vice versa and to have her forever standing at the heart of the hustle and bustle of that area just fits.”
Discussing the design, Eaton added: “The pose had to capture Amy’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 continued: “The design is not based on any single snapshot, photo or moment in time, but an amalgamation of influences. Hopefully by taking many important moments in her history and drawing on those, the piece comes close to capturing the essence of Amy.”
The monument was originally going to be located at the Roundhouse venue, but a decision was taken to move it to the market to make it more accessible. Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said the site was a more positive memorial for his daughter, and will divert fans paying respects to the singer away from her former house, which he says has “bad memories for everyone”.
“It’s a great honour to have the statue in the Stables. Amy was an integral part of Camden and still is, so you couldn’t really think of putting a statue for her anywhere else, could you really?” he recently told The Guardian. “I had a meeting with Camden council and they told me they don’t usually allow statues until 20 years after someone has died, but in Amy’s case they made an exception.”