Flowers are probably not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of war—which is perhaps why the art installation Weeping Window is so effective.
Containing nearly 5,000 ceramic red poppies, the crimson-colored installation is on display at the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland, UK from September 12th through November 1st. Each handmade poppy is carefully arranged to appear as if it is plunging from the structure and pooling at the bottom, representing the fallen British and Commonwealth soldiers of World War One.
While it stands alone today, Weeping Window initially composed a single part of a much larger 2014 installation called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper.
To mark the centenary of World War I, the artists — who named their installation after the first line of a World War One era poem — crafted and “planted” 888,246 ceramic red poppies at the Tower of London — one for every British or Commonwealth soldier who died during the war.
The massive project took a team of 17,500 volunteers to pull off, but their efforts delivered: approximately five million people visited Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red in 2014, making it one of the most popular and accessible artistic tributes to the Great War.