In 2014 approximately 4 million people visited an Installation at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the start of World War 1.
“Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red” by ceramic artist Paul Cummins was the must see exhibit of that year. Incredibly popular with the public despite some carping by one of the “leftie” critics and writer for the Guardian newspaper (so no surprise there then!) it seemed to strike a chord with the people of the UK and was a fitting tribute and remembrance to those who gave their lives in the “great war” of 1914 – 1918.
Well, part of that installation has now come to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and this morning I went to see it. I arrived at the park about 9.20am expecting it to be very quiet, as it does not open officially until 10.00am. To my surprise there were quite a few visitors already in the park, many of them heading for the lake and the “poppy display.”
The display is hung from the bridge across the lake and cascade down into the water. It is very simple but this does not deter from the impact it has on the eyes. I viewed the installation from the bridge, looking down as it descended into the water and then made my way around the lakeside to get a very different perspective looking back on it. Viewed from afar it looks like “blood red in a sea of green”……..no doubt what many of the fields of battle looked like during the carnage of the first world war.
The poppies are beautifully made and I just hope they stand up to the harshness of the Yorkshire winter as they are on display until January 2016.
Is it worth the effort of a visit?………most certainly, yes!
Moreover, by the time I decided to make my exit there were hundreds of people in the park and the stream of cars entering the park was unceasing. I have never seen so many visitors trying to get into the park……….presumably all coming to see the “poppy installation.”
The installation will be in the park from 5 September 2015 – 10 January 2016, so if you get an opportunity do go to visit.