Cast your mind back to the incredible Poppy Exhibition at the Tower of London in autumn 2014 and you will no doubt recall the breathtaking installation and the crowds of people gathered to witness this unique work art. This stunning site is now touring the UK on a smaller scale and we are delighted to announce that Perth will host the only Scottish Mainland dates in the inaugural tour year, 2016. Poppies: Weeping Window by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper will open at The Black Watch Castle and Museum on 30th June and will run until 25th September 2016.
This unique opportunity has been created by 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of the First World War; 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 artist, Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper have adapted their fantastic creation to a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies which will be seen pouring from a high window to the ground below.
The breath-taking sculpture was 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 Imperial War Museum North and Imperial War Museum 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 Wavell Room in the turret onto the Castle grounds. The flowing installation in Perth will be the touring artwork’s first appearance on Scotland’s mainland and The Black Watch Museum is delighted to have secured the honour. This remarkable display will bring the reality of the First World War to life for many people in the most artistic and poignant way.
To find out more information about the Weeping Window display visit the Black Watch Castle and Museum.
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