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SKIN: Freud, Mueck and Tunick
Ron Mueck in Partnership with Artist Rooms
Ferens Art Gallery
22 April - 13 August
ICONIC POPPY SCULPTURE 'WEEPING WINDOW'
OPENS AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM IN HULL
25 March - 14 May 2017
Extract from Hull City Council press release
The iconic poppy sculpture 'Weeping Window', by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, will open at the Maritime Museum in Hull tomorrow, Saturday 25 March, as part of the UK-wide tour of the poppies organised by 14-18 NOW, the arts programme for the First World War centenary. The poppy installation is part of the Hull UK City of Culture celebrations.
The Weeping Window sculpture, made up of thousands of ceramic poppies, will be at the Maritime Museum in Hull city centre from 25 March to 14 May 2017. The location has been specifically chosen to highlight the sacrifices made in the First World War by the Merchant Navy and especially the trawler men of the Humber region, many of whom served on trawlers requisitioned as minesweepers. The building was formerly the city's Dock Offices which survived the bombings of two world wars and bore witness to the mass recruitment of local men for the Hull Pals during First World War across Queen Victoria Square at Hull City Hall.
Weeping Window at the Maritime Museum will also mark the centenary of the Battle of Oppy Wood on 3 May. The Hull Pals batalions fought in the Battle, which took place near the village of Oppy in northern France, and lost more men on that day than at any other time during the First World War, with over 200 soldiers losing their lives. The Hull Pals battalion was one of many military units formed across the UK in 1914, particularly in cities across northern Britain, with the idea of bringing together men who would be more willing to sign up if they could serve alongside their friends and relatives.
The Weeping Window sculpture will be a focal point for many visitors to Hull during the UK City of Culture celebrations. The Maritime Museum is one of the most identifiable buildings 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.
Weeping Window is one of two sculptures taken from the installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' - poppies and original concept by Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper. The installation was originally at HM Tower of London in 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War. The installation was by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces. Weeping Window is the cascade of poppies that was seen pouring out of a high window down to the grass below.