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Poppies: Wave

Iconic sculpture presented by 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions
13th April - 10:00 am - 24th June - 5:00 pm

Royal Armouries will be hosting Poppies:Wave at Fort Nelson this spring.

Wave is 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.

The sculpture at Fort Nelson will be open to the public from Friday 13 April until Sunday 24 June 2018.

Admission will be free.

Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. This sculpture, and Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the summer and autumn of 2014.

Over the course of their time at the Tower, the two sculptures were gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. In their original setting they captured the public imagination and were visited by over five million people.