December 7 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Plans for a statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden to serve as a permanent memorial to the late singer have been given the go ahead.
The life-size bronze sculpture will stand on the Roundhouse terrace, overlooking Chalk Farm Road from the area directly above the Roundhouse’s north entrance.
Designed by London artist Scott Eaton, the statue shows Winehouse, who died at her Camden home in 2011 of accidental alcohol poisoning, striking a pose beneath her iconic beehive hairdo.
Camden Council gave permission for the statue last week.
The statue is intended to “provide lasting inspiration” and the Roundhouse was chosen because of Winehouse’s connections to the venue.
The planning application said: “Amy was at the heart of the thriving Camden music scene at the early part of the millennium and lived in Camden Square.
“She was also no stranger to the Roundhouse, having supported Paul Weller at the very first BBC Electric Proms in 2006, and indeed making her last public appearance at The Roundhouse on July 20, 2011.
“As is sadly the case with so many great artists, Amy’s life was not without troubles and her tragic death at the age of 27 devastated not only her family and friends, but musicians and music lovers across the globe.”