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.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a haven for arty individuals seeking an expanse of strange sculptures, curious carvings and innovative (though often indescribably weird) installations. Or perhaps, like myself, you just want to see the poppies. Until the 10 January 2016, it’s home to Wave from Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red; the pretext of my visit.