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Amy Winehouse sculpture to be unveiled in London

Posted on Aug 22 2014 | IANS

London, Aug 22 : A sculpture to commemorate Amy Winehouse is to be unveiled at Camden market in north London, near the singer's last home.

The memorial, which has been designed by Scott Eaton, will be a life-size brass sculpture of Winehouse and will stand at the centre of the Stables market, a short walk from the townhouse where the 27-year-old died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011, The Guardian reported.

The jazz and blues singer was a much-loved and commonly sighted figure in the north London borough and her father, Mitch Winehouse, said he could not think of anywhere more appropriate for a memorial for his daughter.

"I had a meeting with Camden council and they told me they don't usually allow statues until 20 years after someone has died, but in Amy's case, they made an exception," he said.

The statue will be unveiled Sep 14, which would have been the singer's 31st birthday.

Initially it was to be located at Camden Roundhouse, but it was decided to move the sculpture to the Stables for greater accessibility.

Winehouse's mother Janis and brother Alex, as well as several of her close friends, have been involved in the design, which will feature her distinctive beehive hairstyle.

This is not the first time the north London borough has hosted tributes for Amy Winehouse.

Last year, venues across Camden marked what would have been her 30th birthday with a month of events dedicated to the "Back to Black" singer, while the Jewish Museum honoured her with a 10-week exhibition entitled "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait".

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