Woodhorn’s Weeping Window Poppy on display at County Hall

01 Nov 2017

An original ceramic poppy from the stunning Weeping Window art installation that  was commissioned to mark  the centenary of the outbreak of war,  will be on display at County Hall in Morpeth next week.
 
The iconic hand-made poppy was recently presented to Woodhorn Charitable Trust to commemorate the sculpture’s visit to Woodhorn Museum in 2015. The Trust has lent the poppy to Northumberland County Council for the county’s Remembrance Service event.
 
In the week running up to Remembrance Day,  (November 6 - 10 ) the poppy will be on display in a glass case in  the foyer of County Hall and the public are invited to call in during office hours to  view it.

Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, was one of the key dramatic sculptures in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014.

The poignant sculptures  marked the centenary of the outbreak of war and  put into striking perspective the colossal scale of the loss of military life in the First World War.

Woodhorn Museum, one of the Charitable Trust’s four museums,  was the first venue outside London to present Weeping Window.

Northumberland County Councillor, and Civic Head Anthony Murray MBE said

“ Woodhorn Museum’s  ceramic poppy installation was  spectacular and deeply moving and brought tens of thousands of visitors to the region.

“ The poppies  have become symbolic of the blood shed by those who died in World War One. In the run up to Remembrance Day the display of this individual poppy, and all that it symbolises,  will allow us a timely reminder of the cost of war, the value of lives lost and what that means to us now.  If you get a chance to call in and see it, please do."

Poppies: Weeping Window is still on tour at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme.