10 facts about the Weeping Window poppy sculpture

Weeping Window at Woodhorn. Picture by Jane Coltman
Weeping Window at Woodhorn. Picture by Jane Coltman

The iconic Weeping Window scultpure has opened to the public at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington today.

The museum has become the first venue outside of London to display the section of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red scultpure that went on show at the Tower of London last year.

Here are ten facts about the installation.

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1. The original Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red poppy sculpture contained 888,246 ceramic poppies

2. More than 5,000 ceramic poppies from the original sculpture have been used to create Weeping Window

3. Each one to represent the death of a member of the British and Colonial forces of the First World War

4. The design took a week to install on the site at Woodhorn

5. The artwork is currently touring sites around the UK until 2018 before being put on permanent display at the Imperial War Museum.

6. The other sculpture on tour, Wave, is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks

7. The two sculptures will tour the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme.

8. Weeping Window is on at Woodhorn Museum until November 1

9. More than five million people visited the display in London when it was at the Tower of London between August and November last year

10. The sculpture was created by artist Paul Cummins and designed by Tom Piper.