Poppies: Weeping Window
By Paul Cummins, artist, and Tom Piper, designer
Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below. One of two sculptures by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, marking the centenary of the outbreak of war, it will be brought to audiences at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme.
The breath-taking sculpture was initially conceived as one of 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.
This winter the iconic Weeping Window will be on display outside St George’s Hall, Liverpool from 7 November – 16 January 2016. Regarded as one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world, this iconic building has long been the place for the people of Liverpool to meet at times of great sorrow and great celebration.
The Poppies: Weeping Window is designed to encourage reflection and remembrance and is an opportunity to learn about the lives of those who have been lost in conflict, the role the city has played and to bring to life the stories of those who went to the front line but also those who have stayed behind and kept the home fires burning.
When visiting the Poppies: Weeping Window there are a number of additional activities, events and educational resources which are available for children and adults. Why not share your memories, thoughts and feelings online with us?
To find out more visit cultureliverpool.co.uk/poppies #PoppiesTour
© Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces
Weeping Window is 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 HM Tower of London 2014.