St George’s Hall, a neo-classical architectural masterpiece in the heart of Liverpool, is currently hosting Poppies: Weeping Window, a key sculpture from the installation entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Cascading down the facade of the building are thousands of intertwined blood-red poppies, glistening with raindrops by day (such is the stereotypical British weather) and illuminated with overhead lamps by dusk.
Although I saw Poppies: Wave at Yorkshire Sculpture Park back in October, since I was unable to see the installation in its entirety when it was at the Tower of London the chance to see another part of the installation in Liverpool was too good to miss! Poppies: Weeping Window is a resplendent waterfall of ceramic poppies, each representing a fallen soldier, which encircles one of the columns of St George’s Hall and pours down to the ground below. From afar, this web of interlaced poppies with their spindly stems is magnificent and the contrast of vivid red against the stonework only furthers the sculpture’s poignancy.
Close-up, the tangled arrangement of the poppies is equally breath-taking; the distinctive shapes of each of the hand-crafted poppies come to the fore, the tangled mass reveals beauty in each of the poppies which make up this mesmerising sculpture.
The 14-18 NOW programme has brought the poppies to various locations across the UK and Weeping Window, originally displayed at the Tower of London in 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, will be in Liverpool until the 17th January 2016.