British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse's statue unveiled in London
British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning, after struggling with addictions to drugs and booze.
She would have turned 31 yesterday (Sept 14).
As a tribute, a life-sized bronze statue of her, complete with a red rose in her trademark beehive hairdo, was unveiled in London on Sunday .
Her relatives and fans gathered in Camden, the north London district where she lived until her death. The singer’s father Mitch Winehouse said seeing the statue was “incredibly emotional”.
“It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time. We really hope Amy’s fans love the statue,” he added.
"I'll be coming to visit it all the time. It was difficult to see the sculpture at first but I'm getting used to it. It looks just beautiful."
Mitch and Janis Winehouse pose with their late daughter's statue in Camden, London. Photos: Twitter
Family members took photos with the statue, which will stand as a permanent memorial in Camden’s Stables market, Winehouse’s old stomping ground.
“The pose had to capture Amy’s attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity,” said London-based sculptor Scott Eaton.
“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.”
Sources: AFP, The Guardian