22 Mar Life-size bronze statue of Amy Winehouse “to provide lasting inspiration”
A life-size bronze statue of Amy Winehouse has been proposed as a memorial to the late singer.
The statue has been designed by London artist Scott Eaton, and would stand on the Roundhouse terrace, overlooking Chalk Farm Road from the area directly above the Roundhouse’s north entrance.
It shows Winehouse, who died at her Camden home in 2011 of accidental alcohol poisoning, striking a pose beneath her iconic beehive hairdo.
A planning application submitted this week to Camden Council says: “The piece is carefully composed with naturalism as the primary objective – a senstive likeness of Amy being of utmost importance. Her long flowing hair will be represented sculpturally with a touch of art nouveau styling.
“Other important style and wardrobe consideration include earrings, dress, shoes, and a rose in her hair, all selected and approved by members of her family.”
Sculptor Eaton has been commissioned by The Amy Winehouse Foundation and the Roundhouse Trust to create the memorial.
The aims of the statue, according to the planning application, include providing a permanent memorial to an “iconic artist at the heart of the Camden music scene, to be enjoyed by local residents, fans and visitors to Camden town”, and “to provide lasting inspiration to young people engaging with the Roundhouse’s creative programmes or visiting the venue”.
The application also says that the statue could “alleviate the pressure on Camden Square, where fans currently congregate and leave tributes outside Amy’s former residence”.
It would not be lit up at night “in order to dissuade people from visiting the area late at night”, and any items left in tribute to Winehouse at the site would be removed.
The planning application says: “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.”