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The Weeping Window

I went to a dinner recently at the Imperial War Museum. I don’t think I’ve been there before, but it looked to be very interesting and I think I’ll have to go back there when the galleries are open to the public and have a proper look around. One exhibit though I couldn’t miss, even though it was dark outside and not looking it’s best:

The Weeping Window

The Weeping Window cascade of ceramic poppies falling from a window in the cupola is part of the massive art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red that was temporarily installed at the Tower of London in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of WWI. After Remembrance Day that year the installation was broken up and most of the poppies were sold for charity (in fact, I’ve got one of them in the fireplace in my living room). But two of the “set pieces” have been on tour around the UK so that more people could get to see them.

The tour ends this month, marking the centenary of the end of WWI. I was very pleased to finally get to see at least part of the artwork, even though I was definitely cutting it fine with only 10 days left before it is dismantled! I don’t usually get on with modern art, but this was really quite impressive. It looked quite spectacular floodlit in the evening, and my iPhone snap really doesn’t do it justice.

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