Hampshire County Council Leader praises iconic poppy sculpture

Hampshire County Council Leader, Councillor Roy Perry, has visited the iconic poppy sculpture, Wave, at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson in Portsmouth - the presentation of which has been supported by County Council funding

Jun 11 2018

Wave poppy sculpture - Photo credit Graham Moore

Councillor Perry said: “We are very proud to support Royal Armouries Fort Nelson in hosting this touring exhibition - an important and poignant commemoration to those who lost their lives in the First World War, including those from Hampshire. 

“In Hampshire, we have a rich and diverse military history involving many communities across the county. The experiences of the individuals and communities affected by war, continue to be retold in many ways, including through this striking sculpture, and it is fitting to have it come to the south coast. 

“The sculpture itself is extremely impressive, with the sweeping arc of poppies enabling visitors of all ages to take a moment on top of Portsdown Hill to reflect on the soldiers lost in combat, particularly in the centenary year of the end of World War One.  

“The exhibition at Fort Nelson continues until 24 June so I would encourage everyone who can to see it for themselves.”

Wave, the UK-wide tour of the poppies to places of particular resonance, is part of the final year of the 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme commemorating  the First World War centenary.

Wave is from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ which was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. Together, the sculptures Wave and Weeping Window are made of over 11,000 poppies.

Photo credit Graham Moore.