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Imperial War Museums - Poppies: Weeping Window has arrived - @I_W_M
Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high location to the ground below.
Wave and Weeping Window 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 summer and autumn of 2014.
Over the course of their time at the Tower, the sculptures were gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.
In their original setting, they captured the public imagination and were visited by over five million people.
14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, has presented the iconic sculptures at selected locations around the UK until 2018. They have already been seen by over 4 million people at 18 locations.
IWM North and IWM London are the final two locations for the sculptures, at the end of the tour the sculptures will be coming into the care of Imperial War Museums.
Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces.
The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.
Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window are comprised of over 11,000 poppies.
This book features notes from artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, as well as a special foreword from HRH The Duke of Cambridge. The story of each tour venue is told by those who were there and brought to life by specially commissioned photography. This is the only official publication to capture the journey of this landmark artwork.