London town unveils Amy Winehouse statue

Custom-made bronze memorial sculpture unveiled in the songstress' home-town on September 14th – what would have been the Rehab singer's 31st birthday.

September 15, 2014 03:22
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Amy Winehouse

Commemorative Amy Winehouse statue.. (photo credit: FACEBOOK - MITCH WINEHOUSE)

A life-size statue of the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse now stands erect at the bustling Stables Market in north London’s Camden neighborhood.

The custom-made bronze memorial was unveiled in the songstress' hometown on Sept 14th – what would have been the Rehab singer's 31st birthday – had she not succumbed to alcohol addiction three years ago.

The sculpture was commissioned by her father from London-based sculptor Scott Eaton. Mitch Winehouse – who also heads the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a support system for young addicts battling drug and alcohol abuse – oversaw the much-buzzed-about unveiling ceremony, along with his wife of more than three decades.

Scores of fans looked on from the various levels and ramps of the market compound as British actress Barbara Windsor peeled off a grey satin cloth to unveil the Amy Winehouse lookalike, retro style and all. With a beehive hairstyle in a classic 60's do, dramatic cat-like eyeliner and a hand on the hip, the statue will now permanently be displayed at the famous market.

In a nod to the singer’s Jewish roots, a bronze Star of David necklace decorates the statue’s neck.

Eaton, the man behind the work, placed a live red rose in her towering hairdo as Winehouse's father hugged and kissed the figure.

Camden, the six-time Grammy-winner's home for many years, was also the last place she ever performed before giving way to a long, and very public battle against substance abuse at the age of 27.

“She loved this place,” her father said on his Facebook page. “Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her hometown forever.”

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