When I think of great statuary, I think of La Pieta, Aphrodite of Milos, The Victory of Samothrace. But the good people of London are about to add another sure-to-be-legendary piece of art to history: a statue of Amy Winehouse.
A bronze likeness of the singer–who died of alcohol poisoning when she was 27–will be erected in Camden Town, the trendy London neighborhood where she lived and worked, on September 14, her 31st birthday.
“Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever,” said her father Mitch.
At first, I assumed this was a joke, and checked my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. Are people really honoring a person whose rampant drug use lead to her untimely demise? Yes, Amy was tres talented, but she also made light of her serious issues, remember? Tried to make her go to rehab she said no no no!
Is this really a person deserving of such an honor? Should Amy join the ranks of other sculptured luminaries like Walt Disney, John Lennon, and Nelson Mandela?
What’s your feeling about an Amy Winehouse installation? Are you shaking your blowout and rolling your eyes with frustration or do you think that her talent transcended her bad behavior? And riddle me this, my artsy little minions: if you could erect a statue in one celeb’s honor, whose would it be…and what would they be doing?