Amy Winehouse was honored today, on what would have been her 31st birthday, when a statue of the late singer was revealed in London.
The life-size statue, designed by sculptor Scott Eaton, is located in her beloved Camden Town neighborhood, and portrays Winehouse as truly as possible with her beehive hairstyle and winged eyeliner.
Winehouse’s mother and father were in attendance at the unveiling, and Mitch, Winehouse’s father, took the opportunity to say a few words about his daughter.
“It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions, ladies and gentlemen,” Mitch said, according to the U.K. newspaper The Independent. “They don’t put statues up to people that are with us anymore, so it kind reinforces the fact that physically, she’s gone. But spiritually, she’ll never leave us.”
“It is incredibly emotional to see Amy immortalized like this, but Scott has done an amazing job in capturing her. It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time,” Mitch added.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
Winehouse battled substance and alcohol abuse for most of her adult life, and gave her final performance in Camden Town, shortly before being found dead in her apartment at age 27 from alcohol poisoning.
“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?” Eaton said. “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.”