Statue of Late Amy Winehouse Unveiled in London

'You can see that it's Amy,' says mother about sculpture of British-Jewish singer, who died three years ago of alcohol poisoning at age 27.

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Its hair up in a beehive, hand on its hip, Star of David around its neck, a statue of the late Amy Winehouse was unveiled Sunday on a busy walkway in north London, The Guardian reports.

Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at age 27. The bronze sculpture was unveiled in the middle of Camden's bustling Stables Market on her 31st birthday.
Sculptor Scott Eaton said he wanted the work to be "reflective and contemplative."

Fans came from as far away as Hawaii on Sunday to see it. Winehouse's father Mitch, who was behind the effort to erect the statue, kissed the cheek of his daughter's likeness.

"It's a day of incredibly mixed emotions," he said. "They don't put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she's gone but spiritually she'll never leave us. I feel sad, very, very sad. We shouldn't be here but we are, this is the reality and we've just got to make the most of it. So this statue is part of making the most of it."

The singer's mother Janis said, "It's just a wow, a definite wow. I am pleased with how the statue turned out because you can see that it's Amy. It is soon but it was beyond our control – events overtook events but we're very proud of it. Camden is Amy's place, it's where she belongs."