ARTISAN craftsmen from Spain have completed a near 12,000 mosaic tiled master piece of the late legendary footballer Sir Tom Finney. The mosaic depicts the ‘Splash’ picture of Finney, taken during a match between Chelsea and Preston North End at Stamford Bridge in 1956.
The Spanish masterpiece was unveiled at Preston North End’s Deepdale stadium and is in situ on the main reception wall of the Sir Tom Finney stand, named in honour of Finney. A Civic Funeral was held for Sir Tom, who died in February, aged 91.
England ‘wing wizard’ Finney made 472 appearances for Preston North End. Preston based Tile Mart has donated the five metre wide mosaic to the club – put together with 11,999 tiles. And Tile Mart’s business development manager Luckman Ismail said: “We wanted to show our appreciation for someone we knew as being the greatest ambassador for football and hope it brings fond memories of Sir Tom Finney.”
A mosaic of the Splash, made up of 145,000 pieces and unveiled in 2011, is in situ at Tile Mart’s head office in Preston.
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