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Just champion! Our Maradona is going back on show

The Swansea public is about to have a ball with a piece of art that hasn't been exhibited for around 30 years.


In the mid-1980s more than 100 pupils of the former Penlan Comprehensive School created a near-life-size sculpture of Diego Maradona in chicken wire and papier-mâché.

He was presented in his vibrant blue, white and black Argentina football kit and became part of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery's permanent collection.

Later that summer, the real Maradona inspired his country to win football's World Cup.

Now the sculpture is about to go on show once again - and the hunt is on for the teenagers behind it. Staff at the Swansea Council gallery want to reacquaint as many of the artists as possible with their sporting work of art, titled simply Maradona.

Swansea Stories, at the Glynn Vivian, is due to run from September 26 to March 15. Entry is free.

If you were one of the Maradona artists please email Laura Gill at the gallery -

Photo: The papier-mâché Maradona with Glynn Vivian staff Laura Gill, left, and Jess John.

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