Thursday, October 27, 2016

Caernarfon Castle - Poppy Cascade

It is six months since I last posted here on Travel Tales and I have missed doing so. However I am now back after a very busy few months, I have had lots of adventures which I am looking forward to sharing on the blog which I regard as an online scrapbook of my life adventures, which I hope visitors here will enjoy.

A recent visit to see the Weeping Window Cascade during its time at Caernarfon Castle was very emotional and has inspired me to get posting again and share some of my photographs with you.

I found the visit to be rather emotional, even more so when the rainbow appeared as they have a special personal meaning for me. Have you visited the exhibition, either the original at The Tower of London in 2014 or one of the UK Tour exhibits?  Do share your thoughts about this exhibition.

Information below is from the Official 14-18 Now Website 

14-18 NOW is presenting the iconic poppy sculptures Wave and Weeping Window at selected locations around the UK until 2018.

See the 2017 locations. 

See the 2016 locations.

Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high window to the ground below; Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. These two sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, marking the centenary of the outbreak of war, are now brought to audiences at venues across the country by 14-18 NOW as part of the Poppies tour. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures to new audiences across the UK aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.
The breath-taking sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. Over the course of their time at the Tower, the two sculptures were gradually surrounded by a vast field of ceramic poppies, each one planted by a volunteer in memory of the life of a British and Colonial soldier lost during the First World War. In their original setting they captured the public imagination and were visited by over five million people.

Video Courtesy of YouTube

Time Lapse video 

Caernarfon Castle is the first location in Wales to host #PoppiesTour by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper.

Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, and was originally seen pouring from a high window to the ground below at the Tower of London as part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

N.B. The photographs are all my own work.

More information can be found via the following websites.

14-18 Now Website  YouTube   Caernarfon Castle  Wikipedia - Caernarfon Castle


  1. I am glad you showed the up close shots, numbers 5 and 6. they are beautiful and it shows all the delicate beauty of each poppy. the art of creating them is amazing and I can't imagine how much hard work went into placing them in that weeping patter down the walls. amazing is what they are... this is the first time I have heard of them

  2. Fabulous photos and that rainbow with the display is amazing. Yes I can understand a very emotional day. Good to have you back, take care Diane

  3. I am so pleased that the display is making its way around the UK. I was fortunate to see how the display developed over time at the Tower of London. Such a creative way of showing the enormous loss of life. I bought one of the poppies when the display was dismantled at the Tower. A cherished piece of art work.

  4. That poppy cascade is really beautiful I think. would love to see that, but like you said, very emotional thing to see.

  5. Hi Linda, this is beautiful! I saw the poppies in the Tower and was moved by the sheer volume. Thinking of all those people who gave their lives for our freedom made me feel humble and grateful. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful photos, Linda, and I can well understand how emotional it would be to see such a spectacle. The Castle was a perfect backdrop. Good to see you back blogging.

  7. Cascade of poppy is really amazing...

  8. I remember seeing posts from someone when it was at the Tower of London... it did then and does now make a catch in my throat -- it is simply the perfect outdoor installation and memorial. I can imagine how it would affect you to see in person.


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