Yesterday saw the final day of the beautifully poignant Poppies: Weeping Window exhibition at Wales’ historic Caernarfon Castle.
The work of artist, Paul Cummins, and designer, Tom Piper, the exhibition – comprising thousands of handmade ceramic poppies pouring from the castle – marked the centenary of the First World War.
Following several years in the Welsh Guards, S3’s CEO, Matt Jones, was particularly touched by the sculpture.
“Having served in some of the world’s most hostile countries, I know all too well the sacrifices made by our war veterans. Following the success of the poppies displayed at the Tower of London, it’s an honour to have Wales play its part in commemorating the First World War,” said Jones.
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“It’s a truly incredible piece of art and, due to the experiential nature of the sculpture, a really unique way of allowing audiences of all ages to interact with, learn about and reflect on what happened 100 years ago.”
Organised by the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, Cadw, a total of 150,000 people visited the Weeping Window. As part of a UK-wide tour, 2017 will see the Weeping Window displayed outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay from August 5th Until September 24th.
Jones concluded: “Not only are installations like this a great way of driving tourism to Wales, they’re also paramount in creating unity and a sense of community. They allow us time to reflect, together, on how lucky we are as a Welsh nation to have what we have.”