Amy Winehouse Statue Proposal
Designs for a proposed memorial of late songstress Amy Winehouse have been approved by north London councillors. The Camden News Journal reported that the life-sized bronze memorial will be installed in September next year as a tribute to the star.
The statue, which is to be situated on the balcony of The Roundhouse in Camden, will be designed by Scott Eaton (work-in-progress pictures below). However Camden Town Conservation Authority are unhappy with the forthcoming plans, stating, "We are concerned that this statue of Amy Winehouse should be proposed so soon after her death... It often takes some time to devise an appropriate and lasting memorial as well as to provide a really suitable venue. We are not necessarily impressed by Scott Eaton's statue and certainly feel that a much better venue could be found. The proposal certainly seems to have far more commercial aims than the simple one of remembering Amy."
Conversely Amy’s father Mitch and the Winehouse family are in full support of the proposed statue saying "Amy was in love with Camden, and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family has always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and bring extra custom to local businesses. The Roundhouse seemed an obvious choice of location as Amy had a special relationship with the venue. She played there with Paul Weller when the venue re-opened in October 2006 and her last public performance was on the same stage just days before she passed away in July 2011."
The statue will be introduced along with a concert on the same day, Amy’s 31st birthday. Speaking about the unveiling Mitch added, "September 14, 2014 at the Roundhouse in Camden Town, we'll be unveiling Amy's statue...it will be accompanied by a concert. So far, the support from stars has been incredible.” He added that the show will be a huge production, "We want to make it like a Live Aid type concert where we get maybe four, five, six hours' worth, people doing a couple of songs each, obviously that involves a lot of people."
Amy passed away in July 2011 at the age of 27 due to alcohol poisoning.