Amy Winehouse, the powerhouse singer who died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, at age 27, will be immortalized in bronze in her London neighborhood. On Sept. 14, which would have been the singer’s 31st birthday, a life-size statue of Winehouse will be unveiled in Camden, JTA reports.
The bronze rendering, created by London-based artist Scott Eaton, will include Winehouse’s trademark beehive hairstyle, and depicts the cocktail dress-clad singer standing with her hand on her hip.
“Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever,” her father, Mitch Winehouse, told the U.K.’s Telegraph.
“Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and attract people to the area.”
It’s not the first unconventional tribute to the enormously talented, if troubled, singer. Last summer London’s Jewish Museum curated an intimate exhibit focusing on Winehouse’s private side. “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait,” featured clothing worn by the singer as well as items from her childhood, including a photo of Winehouse at her brother’s bar mitzvah and her copy of Claudia Roden’s The Book of Jewish Food, a birthday gift from her brother.
Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.