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Poppies: Weeping Window

By Paul Cummins Artist And Tom Piper Designer Free The Silk Mill, Derby

Image credit: Poppies: Weeping Window at the Silk Mill, Derby. Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images

Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, and was originally seen pouring from a high window to the ground below at the Tower of London as part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

During the First World War, Derby Silk Mill was divided into two businesses, one grinding corn and the other making medical supplies, both integral to the British war effort and scarce by 1916.

Derby as a whole played a vital part in production during the course of the First World War with Rolls-Royce developing the Eagle Engine at the request of the government to power allied aircraft. As Derby Silk Mill: Museum of Making the museum now holds a great number of industrial and social history objects which help us to tell the stories of Derby’s companies and its communities.

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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 – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014.

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