This month the Weeping Window has arrived at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. This beautiful installation is present to be viewed from 14th October to 3rd December 2017. A quick train ride from Ballymena, you can be in Belfast in under an hour – head straight to the museum to take a look at these poppies before they disappear.
Here is all the inforamtion you need:
By artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper
Open to the Public from Sat 14 Oct – Sun 3 Dec 10am – 4pm
National Museums Northern Ireland and the Belfast International Arts Festival have partnered to bring Poppies: Weeping Window to Belfast for the people of Northern Ireland to experience this unique, powerful and deeply moving sculpture.
Weeping Window is one of two sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, marking the centenary of the outbreak of war. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures to new audiences across the UK aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.
Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below; Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks.
The breath-taking 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. In their original setting they captured the public imagination and were visited by over five million people.
The Ulster Museum is one of the most iconic buildings in Belfast, housing Northern Ireland’s national collections of art, history and natural science. The Ulster Museum’s unique architecture marries the traditional with the modern and not only attracts people from across the world, but also sparks debate with the Northern Irish public. The extraordinary building façade will provide a stunning backdrop for the Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture.
Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014.
While you are visiting the Ulster Museum be sure to call inside to take a look at some of their other exhibitions. One not to miss is the Game of Thrones tapestry which is a locally produced tribute to the hit tv show.
Designed by hand but weaved by a state-of-the-art machine and hand finished in Northern Ireland, the linen used to form the background of the tapestry has been sourced from Ferguson’s Irish Linen, one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland.
The delicate hand embroidery completed by a team of 30 stitchers at the Ulster Museum and the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum replicates a look consistent with such traditional hand woven cloth. With blood red weddings, golden Lannister hair, emerald green wildfire, cold-blue White Walkers and jet black ravens, admire their chain stitch, split stitch, back stitch, running stitch and seed stitch as you stroll along the tapestry.
From King Joffrey’s golden crown to Daenerys’ shimmering white and silver hair, threads of metallic, cotton and silk yarns bring vibrancy and lustre to the most popular television series of all time.
So now is definitely the time to jump on the train and head to the Ulster Museum and take in their beautiful instalments and displays.