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Sculpture recreates iconic photo

Gorbals Boys sculpture (in storage)
The 40,000 work is based on an iconic photograph by Oscar Marzaroli

A new public artwork based on an iconic photograph by Italian-born Scottish photographer Oscar Marzaroli has been unveiled in Glasgow.

"Gorbals Boys", by Liz Peden, comprises three sculptures cast in bronze and chrome of small boys in their mother's high heels playing in the street.

The original photograph was taken by Marzaroli in the Gorbals in 1963.

The 40,000 work sits in the area at the corner of Cumberland Street and Queen Elizabeth Gardens.

Gorbals Boys photograph
The original photograph was taken in 1963
Marzaroli, who died in 1988 aged 55, produced a remarkable photographic record of post-war Scotland.

He is most famous for a series of iconic images taken in the Gorbals in the 1960s.

His widow, Ann Marzaroli, attended when the sculpture was unveiled by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The artist, Liz Peden, of Gorbals Arts project, used three local boys to model for the sculptures.

"I'm particularly pleased to see this artwork installed as I've lived in the Gorbals all my life and it's very close to my heart," she said.

The sculpture was commission by the Artworks Programme as part of the regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Square.

It was funded by through the "Percentage for Art" scheme with contributions from seven private housing developers and Scottish Enterprise Glasgow.


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