Poppies for Passchendaele

 

Earlier in July I was in Derby with a spare hour and found myself visiting the Poppies: Weeping Window at Derby Silk Mill. A World War I Centenary Art Commission by Paul Cummins Artist and Tom Piper Designer, the artwork is a haunting indictment of the war and the people who fought and died for their countries (whether they be Allied or German).

The cascade of thousands of handmade, ceramic hobbies cascades from the silk mill’s tower like a blood red waterfall. Truly beautiful and mesmerising judging from the number of people who simply stood before it and stared.

If you missed Poppies: Weeping Window in Derby, you will have another chance to see it at Cardiff from 8th August until 24th September 2017, then at Ulster Museum in Belfast from 14th October until 3rd December 2017.

Today marks the centenary anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, which was 1917’s take on the Battle of the Somme. Just as bloody and horrific. Want to understand the Battle of Passchendaele and what it means today? Head on over to Twitter.

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