Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

To show the pride of county for the contribution and the sacrifices made by soldiers from Lincolnshire, there will be several events occurring throughout the week in Lincoln.

The breath-taking sculptures designed by Tom Piper and created by Paul Cummins are being brought to audiences at venues across the country by 14-18 NOW.

14-18 NOW is a programme of arts that show experiences and connects people to the First World War. The WWI Centenary Art Commission’s programme is taking place from 2014 to 2018 and marks the centenary of the war which took place between 1914 and 1918. The power of these arts shown in the programme will bring the stories to life and show how perceptions of the war have been shaped over the years by artists, poets, photographers, painters and film-makers.

Lincoln Castle will play host to the sculpture known as ‘The Wave’ from May to September in 2016. The fascinating and dramatic pieces were part of a sculpture titled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, which consisted of 888, 246 ceramic poppies which were on display at the HM Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. The title of the artistic work was taken from a poem which was written by a World War I soldier and more than 5 million people were attracted to the stunning and gripping scene that graced England’s capital city, honouring the soldiers that died in WWI.

‘The Wave’ along with a second sculpture named ‘Weeping Window’, were bought by the charities, Clore Duffield Foundation and the Backstage Trust who supported and secured the sculptures for the use of 14-18 NOW. When the tour of the poppy sculptures has finished, they will be permanently homed at the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester where they will be admired and cherished for years to come.

‘The Wave’ is an arch of blazing red poppy heads that are suspended on towering stalks and will be shown at Lincoln Castle with no admission charges. It’s purely for the pleasure of the public and gives people a chance to see and enjoy the impact of the ceramic poppies that represent the lives of the British military during the First World War. Lincolnshire has many strong ties with landmark events of World War I. Lincoln Castle was used by the Lincolnshire Regiment for fundraisers and parades, the first operational tank, aircraft and munitions were manufactured in Lincoln and 7 Lincolnshire battalions also took part in the Battle of the Somme in 1916. It will be a great honour to play host to these magnificent and meaningful poppies and they will not be a sight to miss.

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