23 August 2017

Poppies: Wave opens at CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial

Artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper unveiled their incredible Poppies: Wave at CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial – the first time the sculpture has been fixed to a monument dedicated to remembering the war dead of the two world wars.

 

The sculpture will be open to the public to enjoy until 19 November, with volunteers trained by the CWGC on hand from 10am to 6pm daily to tell the story of the Wave, the Commission and its memorial.

Director General of the CWGC Victoria Wallace also helped unveil the sculpture. She said: “This is a very special war memorial because it is the only place of commemoration for all the men who died at sea who had left on ships from Plymouth.

“It is a wonderful piece of 20th century sculpture, so it felt obvious when 14-18 NOW said it was going to take the Wave sculpture on tour that it should come to one of our sites.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to see a great piece of 21st century art at a place that has real significance.”

The iconic poppy sculpture is part of the UK-wide tour organised by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

The CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial was built and is maintained by the Commission to commemorate almost 7,300 servicemen and women of the First World War who have no known grave but the sea.

In addition to commemorating seamen of the Royal Navy who sailed from Plymouth, the First World War panels also bear the names of sailors from Australia and South Africa.

Wave 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 British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.

For more about the memorial, read Plymouth Naval Memorial: the history and design

For more about Poppies: Wave, visit the CWGC blog at http://blog.cwgc.org/poppieswave

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