Wave by Paul Cummins & Tom Piper

Marking its 100th year, bare witness to the Wave

No matter who you are or where you lived in the world, it is no doubt that the first World War shaped the future. 

In commemoration of that, artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper spent two weeks setting up a huge wave of poppies that now stand tall over Fort Nelson in Portsmouth. 

Originally totaling up to 888,246 poppies, each poppy that appeared for 14-18 NOW – a major cultural program that marks World War One’s 100th year – represents every British or Colonial life lost between the years 1914 and 1918. It is an iconic and touching piece that touches people’s lives.

Families could remember their loved ones who have fallen and died for their country; an important sacrifice that was made by all the men and women over 100 years ago. Their energy was represented in a liquid-like form, flowing upwards as if they were going over the top.

Lest not forget that these fearless individuals gave their tomorrow so that we can live our today. Be sure to revel and reflect over the spectacle for yourself on its last leg of its tour across the UK since 2014, available for only the next three months. 

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