By Shaneli Mirpuri
Amy Winehouse is a common household name known to millions around the world, a name as famous as Beyoncé or the Beatles. Even after her death slightly over three years ago at the young age of 27, Winehouse is still revered as one of the greatest artists of all time.
On September 14, 2014, which would have been her 31st birthday, Winehouse was honored with a life-size statue in Camden Town, England. The bronze statue depicts her wearing a Star of David necklace and has its single pop of color in a red rose intertwined in her signature beehive hairstyle.
“The pose had to capture Amy’s attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity. 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,” sculptor Scott Eaton told the British Broadcasting Company.
Winehouse was in love with Camden and it is the place that fans still associate most with her, now more than ever. Hundreds of fans gathered together at the unveiling of the statue and some even flew in from various places around the world. However, regardless of where they were from, the sound of applause as the black sheet uncovered the statue was deafening as the fans showed their endless love and support for the deceased singer.
Winehouse, who was regarded by many as one of the greatest singers of all time and winner of five Grammy awards, publically struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. Her death due to alcohol poisoning was lamented around the world as fans felt the loss of an undeniable talent much too soon.
Winehouse truly does live on spiritually, even before the statue was erected. In the December following her death, her third studio album “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” was released, and it included many unreleased songs with the majority of profits going towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation was founded in late 2011 by Mitch Winehouse, the singer’s beloved father, and aims to provide support for young people dealing with poverty and addiction. Likewise, the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards were also developed in 2012 in order to honor people who inspire greatness in others.
Though Winehouse truly is living on in many ways, this statue is still her biggest physical commemoration. Upon revealing the statue, her father Mitch was “incredibly emotional” and told the Associated Press, “It is like stopping her in a beautiful moment in time… We really hope Amy’s fans love the statue.”