Life-size tribute planned at The Roundhouse
Grace Carroll

10:38 10th May 2013

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A lifesize statue of Amy Winehouse has finally been approved for Camden music venue, The Roundhouse, in tribute to the star and her love for the area.

Winehouse died in July 2011 and her father, Mitch Winehouse, had the idea of erecting a statue in her honour. Winehouse's family and fans have been trying to get the statue approved, to be erected outside the Camden venue near where she lived.

However, the statue faced opposition from some of Winehouse's fans, who didn't like the design from artist Scott Eaton and complained to Camden Council. According to the Camden New Journal, conservationists were also against the statue, saying that it was too soon to have a memorial to the singer.

Proposals for the statue have been approved, though, and Town Hall planners have allowed it to be put up on a first floor balcony outside the Roundhouse - on the condition that it is not lit up at night. It is seen as a way to inspire young people who attend creative courses at the Roundhouse.

Camden Town Conservation Advisory Committee said, "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."

Click here to visit Scott Eaton's official site and view the work-in-progress images

The Amy Winehouse statue has been given the green light to go ahead

They continued, "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."

Mitch Winehouse previously said of the statue, "It will be bronze, life-size, and on the first-floor balcony next to the Roundhouse bar. What we'd like to have is Amy leaning over the balcony and looking, and perhaps pointing, towards Camden Town from Chalk Farm Road."

Amy Winehouse legacy: the beehive to denim shorts

  • The beehive: The incredible hairdo was invented in 1960, and we don''t think anyone has rocked it as well (or as big) as Amy since then. OK, well maybe Marge Simpson. But she''s fictional...

  • Camden: Camden Town in North London was always synonymous with the singer, and to honour it being her spiritual home, venue The Roundhouse plans to have a statue of Amy installed to serve as a memorial.

  • The voice: No one could sing like Amy. She truly was one of the most outstanding and instantly recognisable talents the UK has produced, taking an ageing genre and making it sexy, relevant and incredibly cool.

  • The Tattoos: Amy was asked to cover up the naked woman on her left arm for a performance at the Grammys in 2008, so rather than putting on more clothes, she just drew a bra on the girl. Nice.

  • Those denim shorts: Did she ever wear anything else?

  • The excess: The troubled singer maintained a constant battle against drink and drugs. Although the star was clean of any illegal substances at the time of her death, it was a huge alcohol binge that ultimately caused her untimely demise.

  • The bad-boys: The singer was famously friends with the equally troubled Pete Doherty, and her on/off marriage to Blake Fielder Civil was littered with rumours of assault and drug abuse. Civil even once told a British newspaper that he introduced Amy to Crack Cocaine and Heroin.

  • ''Rehab'': No, not the clinic, the song. As the first single from second album ''Back to Black'', ''Rehab'' received huge critical acclaim and rocketed Amy to stardom. She went on to release massive hits ''You Know I''m No Good'' and ''Tears Dry On Their Own''.

  • She was funny: A couple of appearances on BBC''s Never Mind The Buzzcocks showed that she was not only funny, but more than happy to give Simon Amstell as good as she got.

  • Mitch Winehouse: Amy was incredibly close to her father Mitch, and had a tattoo saying ''Daddy''s Girl'' on her arm. Mitch was a professional singer in the 1970s, and last year tried to reignite his musical career.

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