NOTE: This originally appeared November 8th, 2018
AsÂ Americans celebrate Veteran’s Day, November 11 is also Remembrance Day, marking the end of WWI. 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. To commemorate the Armistice centenary, thousands of poppies were made into a powerful art sculpture.
This is the Weeping Window sculpture: thousands of ceramic poppies pour from the Imperial War Museum tower, down the front of the building, and on 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 poppy, individually made, placed in this arrangement. It is a moving work and tribute.
Several other installations were made throughout the UK. Click here to learn more and see pictures of the various sculptures. As a sidetone, a similar commemoration was in America. And as always, Sportsman’s Guide is proud of all who serve to defend democracy and freedom.