Poppies: Weeping Window - 14-18 NOW

Poppies: Weeping Window

By Paul Cummins Artist And Tom Piper Designer Free Hull Maritime Museum

Image credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, Poppies: Weeping Window 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.

In Hull Weeping Window is installed at one of the most identifiable buildings in Hull’s city centre, Hull Maritime Museum. Formerly the Dock Offices, it witnessed many of the defining events of the First World War in Hull. Close by at the City Hall thousands of local men joined up to serve in several of the ‘Pals’ Battalions in the East Yorkshire Regiment; the funeral procession of the victims of the  E13 submarine disaster passed close by; and Zeppelin air raids caused scores of civilian deaths in the surrounding area. The contribution of Hull’s mariners, whose history is preserved in the Museum, was hugely significant in Britain’s maritime war effort. Much of the fishing fleet was requisitioned for mine-sweeping and searching for submarines, and many Hull fishermen served courageously throughout the War.

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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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