VIDEO: Amy Winehouse's mother unveils sculpture made in tribute to singing superstar (From Bournemouth Echo)
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VIDEO: Amy Winehouse's mother unveils sculpture made in tribute to singing superstar
THE mother of a global singing superstar unveiled a sculpture made in tribute to her daughter at a Bournemouth museum yesterday.
Janis Winehouse, mum to Amy, who died in July 2011, visited the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum to reveal the finished sculpture bust, which has been created by Pokesdown-based artist, Linda Joyce.
Famed for hits including Back to Black, Rehab, and her cover of Valerie by The Zutons, Amy Winehouse would have turned 30 today.
Her brave mum Janis travelled from London to come face-to-face with the sculpture for the first time during the moving unveiling and said that ‘it was just like her Amy’.
She added: “As soon as I saw it, I just wanted to pinch her cheeks, because it just was her.
“I think if she was here, she would say ‘What is all the fuss about’ but she’d be impressed by it.
“The money from the sale of the sculpture bust will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Each week, through the foundation, we feed 65 kids a hot, nutritious meal, run a drugs rehabilitation programme, and amongst other things, work with BEAT, the eating disorder charity, as it affected Amy before she died.”
Linda Joyce, the sculptor behind the piece, said that it was two years in the making, from when she first heard that the Foundation was being set up and wanted to help.
Linda says that she was worried about whether Janis would like the sculpture, but said that she did.
She said: “I had to take inspiration from photos and my own ideas to create it, with the help of my granddaughter, Jasmine, who modelled for the pose.”
The clay portrait will now be used as a cast to make 12 limited edition bronze busts, including one which will be auctioned off for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Linda will also donate a percentage of the profits from the other 11 busts to the charity.
For more information, go to amywinehousefoundation.org
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