Poppies: Weeping Window

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'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' poppy installation at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Poppies: Weeping Window by Paul Cummins, Artist and Tom Piper, Designer has opened at The Black Watch Castle and Museum on 30th June and run until 25th September 2016, specially presented by 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of the First World War. Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below; Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks (currently on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until January 2016, to be displayed at Lincoln Castle during 2016).  These two sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper are now brought to audiences at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures to new audiences across the United Kingdom aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.

The breath-taking sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. Over the course of their time at the Tower, the two sculptures were gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of the life of a British and Colonial soldier lost during the First World War. In their original setting they captured the public imagination and were visited by over five million people.

The original installation was conceived of as transitory, the sea of poppies growing in size until the final one was planted on 11 November 2014. On completion, however, it was agreed that the works of art at the heart of this broader act of memorial should be preserved for the nation. 14-18 NOW is grateful to the Backstage Trust and Clore Duffield Foundation for their support in securing these sculptures for posterity.

For the remainder of the 14-18 NOW programme, Wave and Weeping Window will be on view at selected locations around the United Kingdom finishing at IWM North and IWM London in the autumn of 2018. The sculptures will then be gifted to the Imperial War Museums.

The Black Watch Museum is a focal point for remembrance and learning about the Great War and other conflicts. A stunning setting easily accessible from most of Scotland’s major population centres, Weeping Window will flow from a second floor turret window onto the Castle grounds.Weeping Window from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

Poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins
Installation designed by Tom Piper
By Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014

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