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Watch: Iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window at Belfast's Ulster Museum

Weeping Window at Belfast's Ulster Museum

The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window will open at the Ulster Museum in Belfast on Saturday.

Created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, the poppies will be on display until December 3 as part of a UK-wide tour.

It has been organised by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

The poppies are presented by National Museums NI and Belfast International Arts Festival to give people from Northern Ireland, and across the island of Ireland, the opportunity to see the sculpture.

Weeping Window is one of two sculptures taken from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

The installation was originally at HM Tower of London in 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one for every life lost at the Front during the First World War.

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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye

Richard Wakely, Director of the Belfast International Arts Festival, said: “Poppies are for many, particularly in Ireland, a potent if not controversial symbol.

"Weeping Window is a reflection on the huge loss of life from conflict and warfare during the First World War, rather than a glorification of war.

"For the Festival, it is an opportunity to continue our public discourse on cultural identity and diversity across the island of Ireland, which is why this year we have a special programme to support Weeping Window called Contested Legacies.

"We hope that communities across the island will choose to engage with this artwork and join us to discuss its impact and meaning.”

  • Weeping Window will be on display at the Ulster Museum from Saturday, October 14.

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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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Pictured at the sculpture are, from left to right, Artist Paul Cummins, Designer Tom Piper and Kim Mawhinney, Head of Art, National Museums NI. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
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The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Photo by Darren Kidd / Press Eye