Poppies: The Weeping Window

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The poppy is a symbol of remembrance, its origin from the poem “In Flanders Fields”. John McCrae wrote the poem in 1915 at the sight of poppies resiliently growing in battle-torn fronts of Western Europe during World War I. As Americans celebrate Veteran’s Day, November 11 is also Remembrance Day, marking the end of WWI. To commemorate it as well as the Armistice centenary, I wanted to share pictures of a moving sculpture I experienced during a recent trip to London.

This is the Weeping Window sculpture: thousands of ceramic poppies pour from the Imperial War Museum tower, down the facade, and onto the land. 14-18 NOW “commission[s] new artworks from leading contemporary artists, musicians, designers and performers, inspired by the period 1914-18”, with the goal of “connecting people with the First World War”. While in London, I specifically made a trip to experience the sculpture. Each individually made poppy, placed in this arrangement. It is a moving work and tribute.

Several other installations have been made throughout the UK. Click here to learn more and see pictures of the various sculptures. As a sidetone, a similar commemoration can even be found in America. And as always, Sportsman’s Guide is proud of all who serve to defend democracy and freedom.

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