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Ulster Museum

Poppies: Weeping Window

By artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper

Sat 14 Oct 2017 - Sun 03 Dec 2017

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Presented by 14-18 NOW, National Museums NI and Belfast International Arts Festival bring Poppies: Weeping Window to Belfast, for people from Northern Ireland and across the island of Ireland to experience this unique, powerful and deeply moving sculpture.

The sculpture by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper is one of two touring as part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of this sculpture to new audiences across the UK aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the war. Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below. Together with a second sculptural work, Wave, they formed part of the iconic installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London in 2014, and were visited by over five-million people.

The Ulster Museum has a strong track record of dealing with contested histories and encouraging engagement and dialogue through sensitive interpretation and through its programme of exhibitions and events. It is one of the most iconic buildings in Belfast, housing Northern Ireland’s national collections of art, history and natural science. Its unique architecture marries the traditional with the modern, provoking opinions and attracting visitors from across the world. The extraordinary building façade will provide a stunning backdrop for Weeping Window sculpture.

Both the Ulster Museum and the city’s Botanic Gardens have long been viewed as shared venues of exploration and discovery for local people. The Museum’s location within Botanic Gardens will enable the public to not only view Weeping Window at a close, intimate range, but also to appreciate the power and spectacle of the sculpture from a distance.

Weeping Window is from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited In conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014.

Please note while the Ulster Museum is closed on Mondays, Poppies: Weeping Window and the cafe and toilet facilities will be open from 10am - 4pm.

Download the full Participate in Poppies programme.

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Where Are The Poppies Now

Do you own a ceramic poppy from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, originally seen at HM Tower of London in 2014?

Where Are The Poppies Now aims to reunite the poppies online. Launched by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, this project invites you to plant your poppy on a digital map, share your story and be part of this global project.

  • Go to WhereAreThePoppiesNow.org.uk
  • Take a photo of your Poppy
  • Add your Poppy to the map and share your story
  • View Poppies near you and across the world

Plant your poppy. Share your story