A brass sculpture of Amy Winehouse was unveiled yesterday (September 14) in London. Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse unveiled the statue on what would’ve been the singer’s 31st birthday today in Camden.
Designed by Scott Eaton, the life-sized statue was erected in memorial at the Stables Market, which is near to the house where the singer tragically died of alcohol poisoning in 2011.Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images
Her father expressed his gratitude to Eaton for designing such a true likeness of his daughter.
“It is incredibly emotional to see Amy immortalized like this, but Scott has done an amazing job in capturing her,” he said. “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.”
Originally, Camden planned to place the monument on a balcony in the city’s Roundhouse venue, but it was moved to the market in order to be more accessible for visitors.
The sculptor shared his inspiration for the posing of the statue, saying that he hoped to capture her personality in his work.
“The pose had to capture Amy’s attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity,” Eaton said. “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. 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.”