Poppies Tour: Wave and Weeping Window

Summary

Two key sculptures from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, Wave and Weeping Window, were presented at 19 locations across the UK by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War Centenary.

The two sculptures, together totalling over 11,000 poppies, were preserved for the nation by the Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, and gifted to 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums. The tour began in September 2015 and ran until November 2018, and the sculptures were seen by 4.5 million people, before becoming part of the Imperial War Museums collections.

Wave and Weeping Window visited 19 locations over a period of four years, as below:

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

5th September 2015 – 10th January 2016
Poppies: Wave

Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland

12th September – 1st November 2015
Poppies: Weeping Window

St George’s Hall, Liverpool

7th November 2015 – 17th January 2016
Poppies: Weeping Window

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

22nd April – 12th June 2016
Poppies: Weeping Window

Lincoln Castle

28th May – 4th September 2016
Poppies: Weeping Window

The Black Watch Museum, Perth

30th June – 25th September 2016
Poppies: Weeping Window

Caernarfon Castle

12th October – 20th November 2016
Poppies: Weeping Window 

Maritime Museum, Hull

25th March – 14th May 2017
Poppies: Weeping Window

The Barge Pier, Southend-on-Sea

12th April – 25th June 2017
Poppies: Wave

The Silk Mill, Derby

9th June – 23rd July 2017
Poppies: Weeping Window

Y Senedd, The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff

8th August – 24th September 2017
Poppies: Weeping Window

CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial

23rd August – 19th November 2017
Poppies: Wave

Ulster Museum, Belfast

14th October – 3rd December 2017
Poppies: Weeping Window

Hereford Cathedral

14th March – 29th April 2018
Poppies: Weeping Window

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Fareham

13th April – 24th June 2018
Poppies: Wave

Carlisle Castle

23rd May – 8th July 2018
Poppies: Weeping Window

Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent

2nd August – 16th September 2018
Poppies: Weeping Window

Carlisle Castle

23rd May – 8th July 2018
Poppies: Weeping Window

IWM North, Manchester

8th September – 25th November 2018
Poppies: Wave

IWM London

5th October – 18th November 2018
Poppies: Weeping Window

For more information about the Poppies Tour, please visit: www.1418now.org.uk

Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept created by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces. Originally at the Tower of London during the summer and autumn of 2014 where 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies were displayed, one to honour every life lost at the Front during the First World War. Weeping Window is a cascade of poppies, originally seen pouring out of a high window at the Tower down to the grass below. Wave is a curling swathe of poppies which rose up to create an arch over the entrance to the Tower.