Taking their inspiration from 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, which is presenting the iconic poppy sculptures Wave and Weeping Window at selected locations around the UK, the staff and residents of David Gresham House in Hurst Green have done their bit to ensure the historic landmark date is not forgotten.
They have created the Wave in the foyer of the house from over 300 knitted poppies, sewn onto netting. And as the centenary date of November 11 approaches, the residents and staff will be adding to the display.
The sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London back in 2014. The original installation was conceived of as transitory, however, on completion, it was agreed that the works of art at its heart should be saved for the nation. Thanks to the generosity of the Backstage Trust and Clore Duffield Foundation the artworks were secured for posterity.
Wave and Weeping Window are touring to selected locations around Britain and to date, they have been seen by nearly three million people.
This November the sculptures will go into the long-term ownership of the Imperial War Museum.
Photo by kevin black shows the David Gresham House Wave with registered manager Pam Packham and activities co-ordinator Helen Shakespeare with three of the residents who knitted poppies, Keith Frow, Kathleen Williams and, on the stairs, Diana Swann.