The Poppies: Weeping Window, by Paul Cummins, artist, and Tom Piper, designer displayed at Caernarfon Castle in autumn 2016.
The Weeping Window poppies display from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ opened at Caernarfon Castle on 11 October 2016 specially presented by 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of the First World War. The sculpture was displayed until 20 November 2016.
Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below. A second sculpture, Wave, will be exhibited at other venues across the UK. 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.
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.
Cadw are working in partnership with Wales for Peace and the RWF Museum on the presentation and public programmes associated with the Poppies: Weeping Window exhibition at Caernarfon Castle.