12TH APRIL-25TH JUNE 2017

BARGE PIER, GUNNERS PARK
SHOEBURYNESS, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
 
FREE TO VIEW

#PoppiesTour   @SouthendBC

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and 14-18 NOW are pleased to present Poppies: Wave by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Barge Pier, Gunners Park, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea, as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.

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 will rise 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.

Southend-on-Sea was the scene of one of the first air-raids attacks on the UK and many of the artillery guns used were designed and tested at Shoeburyness. In common with the rest of the country, many people from Southend fought or acted as nursing staff and many made the ultimate sacrifice.

© Andrew Armstrong, Essex Wildlife Trust.


 What is POPPIES: Wave?

Poppies: Wave is one of two sculptures by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper from the installation Blood Swept Lands & Seas of Red. The installation, which featured Weeping Window, was originally seen at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014, where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.  


Poppies: Wave is only being exhibited in two places in the UK in 2017, with 
Southend-on-Sea being the only place in the East of England to have the sculpture. 


Do I have to pay to view POPPIES: Wave?

There is no charge to view Wave – it is FREE to come and experience the sculpture in Southend-on-Sea.

Do I need to book in advance?

There is no need to book in advance to see Poppies: Wave. However, there are likely to be queues at weekends and during school holidays, so please leave plenty of time for your visit.

Opening Hours & Contact Details

The sculpture is available to view all day, seven days a week from 12th April until the 25th June 2017.

Poppy Volunteers will be available to greet visitors between 9am and 7pm, each day.

For further information, please email poppies@southend.gov.uk


Reflection space

Poppies: Wave is an artwork which marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It is anticipated that the sculpture will provoke an array of personal interpretation, feelings and memories, and all are welcomed and encouraged.

At Barge Pier we have provided an intimate space by the lake in Gunners Park where you can leave your own written reflections of the sculpture. 


© Andrew Armstrong, Essex Wildlife Trust.






Wave is from the installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' - poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper - by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London 2014. © Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces