Weeping Window

Weeping Window at IWM London

The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window is on at IWM London from now until November 18.

It is the final presentation of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the poppies.

14-18 NOW is the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

The tour gave people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the poppies.

More than four million people have already viewed the sculptures.

At the end of the four-year tour the poppies will become part of the Imperial War Museums’ collection.

© IWM Poppies: Weeping Window at IWM London

Weeping Window

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was originally displayed at HM Tower of London in 2014.

Each of the 888,246 poppies represented a British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.

Artist Paul Cummins created the original concept and Tom Piper designed the installation.

Since 2015 the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window have been on tour around the UK.

They are made of more than 11,000 poppies.

To finish the tour Weeping Window is installed on the exterior of IWM LondonWave is on display at IWM North until November 25.

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said: “We are delighted to present Weeping Window at IWM London as the final location of the tour.

“From Plymouth to Orkney, Southend to Belfast, they have captivated millions of people and connected us all with local and regional stories of the First World War.

“We are so grateful to artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper for these two powerful artworks that continue to inspire all who see them.”


The IWM was founded in 1917 in the midst of the First World War.

Its mission was to record and share civilian and military experiences and commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society.

Today, IWM continues to tell the human stories of war and explore how conflict has shaped the world in which we live.

Director general Diane Lees said: “IWM is proud to be hosting the final presentations of Wave and Weeping Window as their epic journey around the UK draws to a close.

“They, along with Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, have become some of the most iconic images of the First World Centenary, and we are delighted to see one of the sculptures returning to the capital for the first time since 2014.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to see an artwork which has played such an important role in connecting people with the First World War, against the backdrop of IWM, which was founded in the midst of that same conflict.”

Weeping Window
© IWM Poppies: Weeping Window at IWM London


To coincide with the presentation, IWM London is presenting Reflections.

The exhibition of photographs by Ellie Kurttz and Gideon Mendel is a personal response to the poppies tour.

It includes photographs of the installation of the sculptures, as well people’s reactions as they toured the UK.

IWM has also published Poppies: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – the first official book on the iconic sculptures and installation.

The book includes a foreword from HRH Duke of Cambridge and striking images of the sculptures.

It allows those who have visited the sculptures to re-live their journey and those who have not to experience it.

It also includes notes from Cummins, Piper and 14-18 NOW.

Released on September 6, the book is available at all onsite IWM shops and from its online retail store.

The tour has been made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Backstage Trust, the Clore Duffield Foundation and the National Lottery.

DAF Trucks is the transport sponsor for the UK presentations.

The Foyle Foundation supported the learning and engagement programme.

Storage of the sculptures is generously provided by MTEC.

Spectrum Photographic produced Photographic C-Type prints to Dibond for Reflections.

Main image: © IWM Poppies: Weeping Window at IWM London

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