Imperial War Museum Poppies | Weeping Window at IWM London

In August 2014 an art installation outside the Tower of London stunned the UK and the rest of the world. 888,246 ceramic poppies spilled out across the moat in a project that commemorated the centenary of the start of the First World War. Today a selection of the poppies go back on display in London at the Imperial War Museum.

Imperial War Museum Poppies

Part of the original Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, Weeping Window was also created by artist Paul Cummins (original concept) and Tom Piper (designer).

Imperial War Museum Poppies

The Imperial War Museum poppies tumble from an upper space in the dome of the building,

Imperial War Museum Poppies

then cascade down the Ionic pillars to the floor.

Imperial War Museum Poppies
Imperial War Museum Poppies

Below is Anna, Comms Manager at the Imperial War Museum, who didn’t intend on becoming part of the installation. But her red coat caught the eye of the press photographers and she had to spend quite some time being photographed.

Imperial War Museum Poppies

Each poppy represents a British or Colonial life lost during WWI and every poppy was sold to rase funds after the Tower of London installation. But 11,000 were bought together and gifted to the nation, allowing them to tour the UK for the last 4 years.

Imperial War Museum Poppies

From Plymouth to Orkney, Southend to Belfast, the poppies have appeared at landmarks as part of the 14-18 NOW project.

Imperial War Museum Poppies

They’ve now come home (they are owned by the Imperial War Museum) and will be on display until 18 November with Weeping Windows at IWM London and Wave at IWM North in Manchester.

Imperial War Museum Poppies

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