Monday 9 May 2016

Weeping Window

In 2014, to mark the outbreak of World War 1, an art installation featuring hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies was unveiled at the Tower of London. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red featured a poppy for every British military fatality of the conflict, over 888,000 of them.

Since 2014, parts of the installation have toured the UK and this year, 2016, for a few weeks, to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, it is on display in Orkney as the Weeping Window at St Magnus' Cathedral in Kirkwall.

Yesterday evening, as the sun set, we went to view the poppies. No pomp, no ceremony, just a few of us together, each alone with our thoughts.

A larger night-time picture can be seen on The Orcadian website here.

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