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ICONIC POPPY SCULPTURE WEEPING WINDOW OPENS IN CARLISLE
English Heritage will present Weeping Window at Carlisle Castle as part of he final year of 14-18 NOW's UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.
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Event date: 23/05/2018 - 08/07/2018 Export event
Event Location: Carlisle Castle
The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window is now on spectacular display at Carlisle Castle.
The dramatic work, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, will be in the city until July 8, as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the poppies.
Thousands of ceramic poppies cascade from the top of the castle's keep. This sea of red arcs over the inner ward wall and flows down into the outer ward of the castle complex.
Carlisle is one of just four venues to host the installation during 2018.
Admission to the castle is free until July 8 and it’s open daily 10am to 6pm.
Weeping Window is one of two sculptures from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, originally displayed at the Tower of London in 2014. That original artwork was made up of 888,246 poppies, one to commemorate every British or Colonial life lost at the front during the First World War.
The presentation by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, gives people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places that had particularly strong connections to the First World War.
Having been the headquarters of the Border Regiment, the castle makes a fitting location. 23,000 recruits passed through the castle during the First World War, with battles claiming 7,000 lives. The regiment was honoured with five Victoria Crosses.
The sculptures have already been displayed in 15 locations since the tour started in 2015 and viewed by more than 3.75 million people to date. At the end of the tour they will become part of the Imperial War Museums’ collection.
Andrea Selley, Historic Properties Director of English Heritage North, said: “The installation has been a true labour of love and an insight into the intricacies of building such a unique sculpture.
“The historical legacy of the castle is such that this is the perfect location especially in the last year of the Poppies tour and we look forward to welcoming visitors to see what is an extraordinary work of art, within an extraordinary location.”
Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said: “The poppies have captivated millions of people across the UK, and we are delighted to present Weeping Window at Carlisle Castle as part of the ongoing tour. We are so grateful to artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper for these two enormously powerful artworks of national significance that continue to inspire all who see them.”
Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window are made of more than 11,000 poppies.
Poppies: Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins, artist & Tom Piper, designer at Carlisle Castle
Footage courtesy of 14-18 NOW
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