Caernarfon Weeping Window : A WWI Tribute
Caernarfon Castle in Wales has recently opened a poignant tribute to the many Welsh soldiers who died in World War I: The Weeping Window.
The Caernarfon Castle exhibit, entitled “Weeping Window”, is made up of more than 6000 red ceramic poppies.
The poppies were first exhibited at the Tower of London in 2014, as part of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ memorial.
That display had over 880,000 hand made poppies, which marked every British and colonial death in the 1914-1918 conflict.
Artist Paul Cummins assembled the sculpture and said it had taken nearly six days to install.
“We have got over 5,000 poppies here, representing probably a fraction of the Royal Welch Fusiliers who died in the First World War.”
Piper also said it was purely chance that the exhibit ended up looking like a red dragon’s claw. The red dragon, of course, is a renowned national symbol of Wales.
Speaking to the Daily Post, Mr Cummins said:
“It wasn’t planned. What happened was on the last day, when they were planting the last ones, it was a bit of a rush, and there archaeological things on the site that meant we were not allowed to spike in certain places.
“You can only go down a few inches in certain places, so we had to go round those places. It’s just fate.”
Here’s a time lapse video of the installation of the Caernarfon Weeping Window:
The exhibit is free to the public, but tickets are limited (get them online at Caernarfon’s website here) and demand has been high.
Staff at the castle say the Caernarfon Weeping Window drew almost 40,000 visitors in just two weeks.
The stunning exhibit will remain on display until November 20, 2016.