In fantastic news for the local area, Derby will host the iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at the Silk Mill between 9 Jun and 23 Jul.
The presentations by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, will give people the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places of particular First World War resonance. The event will mark the centenary of the First World War, and presents a unique opportunity for Derby residents who did not, or could not, visit London to see the Weeping Window exhibit in their hometown.
Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper. Paul Cummins is a local Derbyshire artist and alumni of Derby University.
The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.
Pauline Latham OBE, MP for Mid Derbyshire, was instrumental in the successful process of bidding for the poppies to come to Derby. Commenting on the event Pauline said:
“I am so delighted that the poppies will be coming to Derby, and that the hard work of myself and others who were involved with the bidding process has paid off.
The event should be a wonderful opportunity for local residents to see a breath-taking work of art and it provides a valuable chance for us all to reflect on the horror of WWI and commemorate the hundreds of thousands of British soldiers who died during the conflict”.
Weeping Window credit
Weeping Window is from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept 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.