A short walk from our factory, 0.7 miles to be precise, is the installation of Poppies: Wave by artist Paul Cummins & designer Tom Piper. The display is part of the UK-wide tour of the Poppies from the Tower of London and is presented by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and 14-18 NOW.
Wave is one of two breath-taking sculptures, initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London during the summer and autumn of 2014.
In Southend-on-Sea, Wave has been designed against the fantastic backdrop of the Thames Estuary. The spectacular sculpture features a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, which rises up from Barge Pier to create a spectacular wave towards the Thames Estuary.
Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea is one of just two locations in 2017 where visitors will be able to see Poppies: Wave against a backdrop of sand, sea & stunning coastal views.
Poppies: Wave is an artwork which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The presentations of Wave and Weeping Window by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, will give people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places of particular First World War resonance.
More details at www.visitsouthend.co.uk/poppies/poppies.aspx