Slideshow: Thousands visit iconic poppies at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

More than 20,000 people visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s installation of commemorative ceramic poppies during the artwork’s opening weekend.

The poppies, part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation displayed at the Tower of London, will sit cascading over the park’s lower lake until January.

Technicians during the installation of the poppy sculpture Wave at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1009/27b

Technicians during the installation of the poppy sculpture Wave at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1009/27b

The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

As part of the tour, the installation known as Weeping Window can be seen at Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland from 12 September to 1 November 2015 and at St George’s Hall, Liverpool from November 2015 to January 2016.

Peter Murray CBE, Founding & Executive Director, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 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 rises 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.”

Secretary of State John Whittingdale 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”

The two poppy sculptures being presented across the UK, together totaling over 10,000 poppies, 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.

Wave is presented in Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s historic Lower Lake, a 1km walk from the main visitor centre and car park. Nearby surroundings include sculptures by world-class artists Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley and Julian Opie, alongside heritage features such as the Bretton Estate’s grand mansion house and the historic Cascade Bridge.

A shuttle bus will be available, along with accessible parking for Blue Badge holders. A complementary events and learning programme will accompany the installation.

Picture Tony Johnson