Today, Vikki Heywood, 14-18 NOW Chairman said:
‘14-18 NOW is delighted that we can extend the life of this beautiful art work and ensure that key elements are enjoyed throughout the UK.’
‘We can now look forward to an exciting next chapter in the story of the poppies.’
Heywood’s comments come as the Prime Minister announced that 14-18 NOW will take part of the poppy display at the Tower of London around the country. The poignant work created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper commemorates the British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War and one element of the installation – Wave – will remain in place at the Tower of London until the end of November.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
‘The whole country has been struck by the power of this work. Its scale and impact is breath-taking, and it has captured the public’s imagination in a way that few things have done before. Although millions have made the journey to the Tower, many more have wanted to do so but have not been able to get there. The whole country suffered terribly from the loss of loved ones a hundred years ago so it is only right that everyone should have the opportunity to see this moving tribute closer to home.’
‘That is why I am glad that the Government and charities have worked together to make this happen.’
More than four million people have seen Weeping Window, with striking poppies pouring from a window of the Tower, and Wave, which cascades over a causeway, and these parts of the installation in London will be presented in sites around the UK, supported by major donations from two charities, Lady Susie Sainsbury’s Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, together with government.
Vikki Heywood continued…‘The challenge of extending public access to the work and gifting them to the nation has inspired a very special collaboration between Lady Susie Sainsbury’s Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, the government, Historic Royal Palaces, the Imperial War Museum and the originating artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. We can now look forward to an exciting next chapter in the story of the poppies.’
Lady Susie Sainsbury’s Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation have bought the two pieces, which will be gifted to the nation and will go to Imperial War Museums in 2018 as one of the 14-18 NOW legacy projects.
Lady Susie Sainsbury, Backstage Trust said:
‘The sight of 888,246 ceramic Poppies, creating a monumental installation at the Tower of London, has stirred the emotions and imaginations of millions of people. I am personally thrilled that the idea of touring two important sections of the installation has been received with enthusiasm. Backstage, my charitable trust, has secured the Weeping Window and I am particularly pleased that the Clore Duffield Foundation has acquired the Wave. Both these wonderful theatrical pieces will now tour the country over the next few years and with government support will then be given permanent homes at the two Imperial War Museums.’
Dame Vivien Duffield, DBE, Clore Duffield Foundation said:
‘I am so pleased that my Foundation has been able to step in to purchase part of the Poppies installation for the nation. We are delighted to be sharing support with the Backstage Trust, and to know that there is now government support for the tour of the ‘Weeping Window’ and ‘The Wave’, so that many more people can experience this exceptional and much-loved artwork and monument. I am also very glad to know that both will be part of the permanent collection at the Imperial War Museum after 2018.’