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"Poppies: Weeping Willow"

A "spectacular" display of thousands of ceramic poppies is [to be] installed at Orkney's iconic Magnus Cathedral to mark the centenary of a legendary sea battle.

 

Poppies: Weeping Window, taken from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, will be on show at the Kirkwall landmark from April 22 to June 12 as a memorial to the Battle of Jutland during the First World War.

It was the most significant naval engagement of the 1914-1918 conflict and brought together the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet.

 

It raged between May 31 and June 1, 1916, involved 250 ships and claimed the lives of 6,000 British and 2,500 German sailors.

 

Weeping Window is the cascade of poppies that was seen pouring out of a high window down to the grass below. In Orkney - the first place in Scotland to display the installation - the poppies will cascade from the western end of the Cathedral.

 

It was originally on display at the Tower of London in 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed - one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

 

The Rev Fraser McNaughton, minister at the red sandstone Cathedral, a Church of Scotland congregation, said: "We are delighted that the Poppy installation is coming, particularly as it will be in situ for the national service of Commemoration of the Battle of Jutland in the Cathedral on May 31.

 

"The Cathedral will provide a beautiful backdrop for what is a unique art installation and will keep the sacrifice of so many to the forefront in this period of centenary commemoration."

"Poppies: Weeping Willow"

A "spectacular" display of thousands of ceramic poppies is [to be] installed at Orkney's iconic Magnus Cathedral to mark the centenary of a legendary sea battle.

 

Poppies: Weeping Window, taken from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, will be on show at the Kirkwall landmark from April 22 to June 12 as a memorial to the Battle of Jutland during the First World War.

It was the most significant naval engagement of the 1914-1918 conflict and brought together the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet.

 

It raged between May 31 and June 1, 1916, involved 250 ships and claimed the lives of 6,000 British and 2,500 German sailors.

 

Weeping Window is the cascade of poppies that was seen pouring out of a high window down to the grass below. In Orkney - the first place in Scotland to display the installation - the poppies will cascade from the western end of the Cathedral.

 

It was originally on display at the Tower of London in 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed - one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

 

The Rev Fraser McNaughton, minister at the red sandstone Cathedral, a Church of Scotland congregation, said: "We are delighted that the Poppy installation is coming, particularly as it will be in situ for the national service of Commemoration of the Battle of Jutland in the Cathedral on May 31.

 

"The Cathedral will provide a beautiful backdrop for what is a unique art installation and will keep the sacrifice of so many to the forefront in this period of centenary commemoration."

comments (10)

  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 5 May 2016, 00:57
A most impressive installation, Alan.
Alan: I did not even attempt to see the original installation at the Tower of London because of the huge crowds so I was pleased to see this.
Nice to rad about Jutland--it was a huge battle. I am glad someone remembers. No one remembers over here...
Alan: It features on Orkney as Scarpa Flow was the home base of the British Navy at the time.
Toutes ces fleurs, c'est magnifique.
Alan: Thanks, Martine. It was very impressive.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 May 2016, 06:17
Powerful and clever stuff isn't it
Alan: I did not even attempt to see the original installation at the Tower of London because of the huge crowds so I was pleased to see this.
An impressive memorial. I think I am right in saying that we lost the battle on points but the German fleet never ventured out again
Alan: There is an interesting small display about the Battle of Jutland at the Orkney Museum currently. Seems like Jellicoe was accused of being too reluctant to go to battle.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 May 2016, 07:02
a very moving installation remembering the legendary Battleof Jutland - like a stream of blood - I recall to have seen it on dispay at the tower of London last year.
Alan: Thanks, Philine. There is an interesting small display about the Battle of Jutland at the Orkney Museum currently. Some of the southern islands are linked together now by the Churchill Barriers. They were erected during the 1940s after a U Boat sunk HMS Royal Oak in Scarpa Flow, a big anchorage for the British fleet.
Very dramatic Alan, though it concerns me that using beauty is one way of supporting warfare, rather than facing reality.
Great shot of this wonderful installation
This was a one day battle that killed 6,000 British and 2,500 German sailors?
How fortunate to be there to see this Alan.

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