A statue of Amy Winehouse will be unveiled next month to coincide with what would have been her 31st birthday.
The life-size brass sculpture, which was designed and made by London-based artist Scott Eaton, will be placed at the Camden Stables on 14 September.
“I had a meeting with Camden council and they told me they don”t usually allow statues until 20 years after someone has died,” said Amy”s father Mitch Winehouse. “But in Amy”s case they made an exception.
“It”s a great honour to have the statue in the Stables,” he added. “Amy was an integral part of Camden and still is, so you couldn”t really think of putting a statue for her anywhere else, could you really”
Initially the statue was going to be erected outside the Camden Roundhouse, but the Stables was chosen to allow for greater accessibility.
“We want to try and get people away from Camden Square where Amy”s house was because although it was a lovely house and she loved it there, it”s got bad memories for everyone including her fans,” said Mitch, referring to the home where Amy was found dead in July 2011. “By taking the focal point back into the stables it will create a better atmosphere and people will be able to remember Amy how she was.
“It”s going to be a magnificent sculpture and we want it to be something positive to remember her by.”
Amy”s father, as well as her mother Janis and her brother Alex, have all been involved in the statue”s design and although some computer-generated images of it have been seen, fans will not know what the sculpture looks like until 14 September.
Taxi driver Mitch said the statue”s unveiling will be a “bittersweet moment”.
“Of course it”s a double-edged sword,” he said. “Because they don”t put statues up of people who are still with us.”