12 ISSUES FOR £24 Subscribe to Yorkshire Life today click here

Hull’s Maritime Museum transformed by weeping poppy art installation

PUBLISHED: 09:27 03 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:27 03 April 2017

Hull's Maritime Museum

Hull's Maritime Museum

Joan Russell Photography

Artwork honours Hull’s remarkable maritime past

A cascade of bright red ceramic poppies will be seen pouring from a high window to the ground at Hull’s Maritime Museum as one of two of the latest art installations to be created to celebrate the city of culture.

The Weeping Window will be made of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring to the ground below while a second sculpture called Wave will appear as a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. These two sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper are part of the nationwide 14-18 NOW Poppies tour which aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.

The installation is expected to be a huge focal point for many visitors. The Maritime Museum is the most identifiable building in Hull’s city centre, with three great domes and maritime references inside and out, hinting at the building’s former use as the city’s Dock Offices and now offering a fitting tribute to Hull’s remarkable maritime past. The former Dock Offices survived the bombings of two world wars and bore witness to mass recruitment of the Hull Pals during First World War in Queen Victoria Square. The building has witnessed victory celebrations and funeral possessions past its doors, including that of the E13 British submarine crew killed in neutral Danish waters in 1915.

The poppy sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. Over the course of their time at the Tower, the two sculptures were gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of the life of a British or Colonial soldier lost during the First World War. In their original setting they captured the public imagination and were visited by over five million people.

The original installation was conceived of as transitory, the sea of poppies growing in size until the final one was planted on 11 November 2014.

Since the tour began in 2015, the sculptures have been seen by nearly two million people. Wave and Weeping Window will continue to be on view at selected locations around the UK, arriving at Imperial War Museum North and Imperial War Museum London in the autumn of 2018. The sculptures will then be gifted to the Imperial War Museums.

The installation at the Maritime Museum is expected to run from March 25th-May 29th

Upload your images of the weeping poppies to the Yorkshire Life reader photo gallery

More from Out & About

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Test your knowledge on the national parks of Yorkshire in this picture based quiz.

Read more
Quiz North York Moors Yorkshire Dales
Friday, June 16, 2017

Visitors from across the globe are finding that all roads lead to Helmsley. Martin Pilkington reports.

Read more
Helmsley
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Terry Fletcher leads a walk from Fridaythorpe which explores Yorkshire’s biggest collection of dales.

Read more
Yorkshire Wolds
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

City to submit a first stage bid in October, but they need your help.

Read more
Leeds
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The peaceful rolling fields of a York farm were once the scene of a battle which changed the course of English history. 
Richard Darn reports.

Read more
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Test your architectural and ecclesiastical knowledge with this picture based quiz.

Read more
Quiz
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cannon Hall gardens are getting a £3million spruce up as the museum celebrates a milestone anniversary

Read more
Barnsley
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A former steelworks in Rotherham is set to be the home of a global centre of excellence in glass.

Read more
Friday, June 2, 2017

It might be small, but the East Yorkshire market town has a reputation for big surprises, says Tony Greenway.

Read more
Yorkshire Wolds
Friday, May 26, 2017

The Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild campaign to help you connect with nature kicks off again this month. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Tom Marshall shares 30 ideas for you to try.

Read more

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Yorkshire Life Application Link

Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Yorkshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area




Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search