A staggering 138,311 people have attended the iconic Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture at Derby Silk Mill in its first month.
Weeping Window is taken from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper.
The installation was originally at HM Tower of London in 2014 and contained 888,246 poppies, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. The installation was by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces and marked the centenary of the outbreak of war in 1914. Poppies: Weeping Window is presented in Derby as part of a UK-wide tour by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts organisation for the First World War centenary.
Poppies: Weeping Window at Derby Silk Mill continues to be a big draw for visitors both locally and from further afield, touching all ages and backgrounds. The touring sculpture has given thousands at Derby the opportunity to access and experience the installation first hand, which for many locally, wasn’t a possibility when the original sculpture was in London in 2014.
Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “To have had over 138,000 people visit the Weeping Window at Derby Silk Mill in a month is a real testament to how much the city and its visitors have embraced this sculpture.
“For the past few weeks it has continued to be a focal point for the commemoration to the First World War centenary and the city. My thanks go out to all the dedicated staff and volunteers on the ground who have worked so hard to enable the Weeping Window to be here and have helped so many people in Derby to experience such a wonderful and thought provoking work of art.”