The latest installation of the iconic sculptural exhibition, "Poppies: Weeping Window" opened Aug. 8, 2017, at the Senedd, the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. The cascading sculpture is made of thousands of handmade ceramic poppies that were key elements in the massive 2014 installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" at the Tower of London. That stunning display marked the centennial of World War I, which was the inspiration for artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Each handmade poppy was planted at the Tower of London by volunteers in memory of every British and Colonial soldier who died during the war — 888,246 total.
Both "Poppies: Weeping Window" and "Poppies: Wave" have been on tour since the ceramic flowers were removed from the Tower of London and have been installed in several different venues across the U.K. to promote discussion around the legacy of World War I. "Poppies: Weeping Window" will be on view at the National Assembly through Sept. 24 until it reopens again Oct. 14 at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The next exhibition of "Poppies: Wave" opens Aug. 23 at Plymouth Naval Memorial in Plymouth, England. All of the exhibitions are free and run through 2018, when the poppy sculptures will be donated to the Imperial War Museums in England.
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