Memorial Tower of London poppies to go on display at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Ceramic poppies which went on display at the Tower of London will be exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Wave installation at Tower of London © Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces.
Wave installation at Tower of London © Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces.

The poppy sculptures, which honoured soldiers who died in the First World War, will be installed at the Bretton gallery as part of a UK-tour of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation.

YSP, one of only three venues to display a section of the poppy sculpture this year, will host the arch segment, also known as the wave.

The concept of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was created by artist Paul Cummins, who named the display after a line written by a soldier who died in Belgium.

It featured 888,246 poppies, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces during the war.

The installation, designed by Tom Piper, was displayed at the Tower of London from August to November last year.

Wave will be exhibited as YSP from September until early next January.

Peter Murray CBE, YSP’s founding and executive director, said: “We’re very pleased to help extend the life and impact of Wave by offering a completely different setting for the public to enjoy this iconic work.

“The sculpture will rise from Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s historic lake, surrounded by 500 acres of stunning Yorkshire countryside and woodland. The calmness and nature of the Park will offer visitors an ideal space for contemplation and reflection.”

Another part of the original installation, known as the Weeping Window, go on Display in Northumberland and Liverpool as part of the tour, organised by 14-18 NOW.

John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for culture, media and sport, said: “It is fantastic that there will be new ceramic poppy installations in different parts of the country. This is art at its most powerful and it is only right that everyone should have the chance to see them.

“The London installation had a huge impact on all those who saw it and the new installations will do the same. This is an another important opportunity for us to remember and pay tribute to those who gave their lives in the First World War.”

Most of the poppies, handmade in Derby, were sold to members of the public, raising millions of pounds for six military charities.

Wave and the Weeping Window, which together have more than 10,000 poppies, were bought for the nation by charities Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, who gifted the displays to 14-18 Now and the Imperial War Museum.