A life-size statue of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in Camden, north London, on what would have been the late singer’s 31st birthday. The statue was sculpted by artist Scott Eaton and will now have a permanent residence at the Stable Market in Camden, one of Winehouse’s most treasured spots.
Eaton told the BBC that the bronze statue is meant to capture Winehouse’s “attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity.” He added, “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.”
Whether or not it achieves what Eaton had in mind, it’s certainly leagues better than the weeping Kurt Cobain statue that was unveiled to honour the late Nirvana frontman back in February. The ghastly piece was created by sculptor Randi Hubbard shortly after Cobain’s suicide in 1994, and offered to the singer’s hometown of Aberdeen several times before it was finally accepted into a mueseum this year.
According to the singer’s father, Mitch, Winehouse was “in love with Camden” and the area is generally regarded as the place fans most associate with the Back to Black hit-maker. Fans and relatives gathered in the London borough earlier today for the statue’s unveiling, including Winehouse’s parents.
Winehouse’s father told the BBC that seeing the life-like statue made him “incredibly emotional” and said that its creator had “done an amazing job in capturing” the singer, who died in 2011 at the age of 27. He added, “It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time… We really hope Amy’s fans love the statue.”
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