Poppies a massive draw for visitors

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

In just three weeks, 40,000 people have visited the iconic poppies sculpture Weeping Window at Woodhorn Museum .

Wave (currently on show at Yorkshire Sculpture Park) and Weeping Window are from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept created by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper.

The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

Woodhorn’s director Keith Merrin said people had come from far and wide to view the poppy installation.

“The reason we wanted to bring the poppies installation to Woodhorn was because we believed that the people of the north east might not have had the chance to see the work at the Tower of London and would respond to its very direct placing within an iconic north east context,” he said.

“It is great to see that we were right and people have come out in their thousands to see it and really loved the way that we have presented it tumbling from the pit wheel.

“Although the museum has been busy, a great deal of planning and organisation has paid off with the site coping well and visitors flowing easily around the sculpture.

“We had a fantastic response to our call for volunteers and our thanks must go to a brilliant team who have not only helped to direct visitors, but who have added something special to the whole experience.

“Our staff and volunteers have had so many lovely comments from visitors who have been really moved by the experience.”

Weeping Window will be at Woodhorn until Sunday, November 1, and is open 10am to 5pm every day.