Where Are The Poppies Now aims to reunite digitally the poppies from the installation Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, originally staged by Historic Royal Palaces at HM Tower of London in 2014. The poppies that were purchased have since travelled as far afield as the USA and Australia, as well as being taken to war graves in memory of relatives who lost their lives in the First World War. The digital map is a record of the stories behind why each poppy was purchased creating an invaluable archive for future generations.
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at the Tower of London in 2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The installation contained 888,246 poppies, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the war. The work was one of the most powerful memorials of the centenary and was visited by over 5 million people. The original poppies were sold raising millions of pounds, shared equally amongst six service charities.
14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, is presenting the iconic poppy sculptures Wave and Weeping Window at selected locations around the UK until 2018.
The breathtaking sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London. The original installation was conceived of as transitory, however, on completion, it was agreed that the works of art at its heart should be saved for the nation. Thanks to the generosity of the Backstage Trust and Clore Duffield Foundation the artworks were secured for posterity.
Wave and Weeping Window are touring to selected locations around the UK until 2018. To date, they have been seen by nearly 3 million people. In 2018 the sculptures will go into the long-term ownership of the Imperial War Museums.
14-18 NOW is a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Working with arts and heritage partners all across the UK, we commission new artworks from leading contemporary artists, musicians, designers and performers, inspired by the period 1914-18.
14-18 NOW has commissioned over 140 artworks, which have been seen by more than 30 million people. Projects have taken place in 160 locations across the UK, from Orkney to Plymouth, Norwich to Belfast.
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The two sculptures Wave and Weeping Window, have been saved for the nation by the Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, and gifted to 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums. Financial support for the presentations has been received from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and fundraising for the presentations is ongoing.
DAF Trucks are the transport sponsor for the UK presentations, and 14-18 NOW are delighted to partner with DAF on making this historic project a reality.