A statue of the late Amy Winehouse will be unveiled at Camden Stables Market next month — not far from where the singer died at her Camden Square home in July 2011.
The life-sized brass memorial is the work of sculptor Scott Eaton, who has previously worked with Jeff Koons on an oversize statue of Lady Gaga, and helped fellow artist Mark Wallinger hone his (decidedly less rock ′n′ roll) White Horse on the Mall.
Eaton's statue was first intended to be installed a little further away, on a first-floor balcony of the Roundhouse — an establishment which has a good relationship with the Amy Winehouse Foundation. However, it has been moved to the market to make it more accessible to fans, who may have had difficulties reaching the statue inside the revered venue.
Amy's father Mitch Winehouse says its new position in the centre of market will give it greater accessibility to fans, allowing them to "see it, touch and interact."
It is perhaps only down to a change of heart that the statue is going ahead at all. Apparently, the Camden Town Conservation Authority was "not necessarily impressed" by Eaton's original design. And Mitch Winehouse told The Guardian:
"I had a meeting with Camden Council and they told me they don't usually allow statues until 20 years after someone has died."
Clearly, continued admiration of the musician from fans — as well as extended tributes like last year's Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait added weight to the family's case, and the statue will be unveiled on 14 September — which would have been Winehouse's 31st birthday.