Three years after the death of singer Amy Winehouse – on what would have been the musician’s 31st Birthday – a life-size bronze statue has been unveiled in Camden, north London. The artwork was created by sculptor Scott Eaton; and features the troubled ‘Back to Black’ singer’s trademark beehive hairdo, with hand on hip.
Hundreds of fans gathered in north London, for the unveiling of the statue attended by the tragic star’s mother and father, Mitch and Janis Winehouse. The performer’s father said that the star was “in love with Camden” and it was the place fans most associated with her. The iconic sculpture was placed at the centre of the Stables Market as a memorial to the singer, who died three years ago of alcohol poisoning aged only 27.
Many fans travelled from Europe – and even from as far away as Hawaii – to get the first glimpse of the memorial statue on Sunday morning. The audience broke into applause as a screen obscuring the statue was taken down to reveal the sculpture, that artist Scott Eaton hoped would be “reflective and contemplative”.
The Winehouse family has set up a foundation in her name to help young people with addiction and other related problems jn honour of their famous daughters tragic demise. The star had previously struggled with alcohol and drug abuse. The inquest into the performer’s death found that she had died of accidental alcohol poisoning, at her Camden home, in 2011.