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A Poignant Installation in Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Poppies: Wave

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Wave is a sweeping carpet of Poppies currently installed at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This stunning Installation was created by Artist Paul Cummins and Installed by Designer Tom Piper as a marker for the Centennial of WWI.

The Sculpture was initially conceived as a key dramatic element in the installations ‘Blood Swept Lands’ and ‘Seas of Red’ situated at the Tower of London in Autumn 2014. These two sculptures were gradually surrounded by a vast expanse of ceramic poppies.

Poppies:Wave Close up at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Poppies:Wave Close up at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Picture taken on Day 1 of the Installation.

The carpet of poppies were grown by volunteers ‘planting’ one each in memory of the life of a British & Colonial soldier lost during the First World War. In their origional setting they were visited by over Five Million people.

The original intention was that the Installation should be transitory. The sea of poppies would grow until the final one was planted on the 11th November 2014. However, it was agreed that ‘Wave’ and it’s ‘sister’ sculpture, ‘Weeping Window’ should be preserved for the nation.

Poppies:Wave From a far at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Picture taken on Day 1 of the Installation.
Poppies:Wave From a far at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Picture taken on Day 1 of the Installation.

The sculptures will finally be gifted to the Imperial War Museum North and Imperial War Museum London it the Autumn of 2018.

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