Lincoln was chosen to host Wave by 14-18 NOW, the arts programme for the First World War centenary, as it was a major centre for the manufacture of weapons and munitions during the conflict. In particular, the city was responsible for the development of early tracked vehicles resulting in the world’s first operational tank, first used in action in 1916.
Wave is one of two sculptures taken from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper. The installation was originally at HM 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 installation was by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend an astonishing 27,797 people visited the castle to see the sculpture, which can be seen for free in the grounds.
Wave can be seen at Lincoln Castle until 4 September 2016. The castle grounds are open each day from 10am to 5.30pm, with last entry to see Wave at 5.15pm (please note: the main castle attractions close at 5pm).
Although entry to the castle grounds is free, the usual admissions charges will apply for the other castle attractions. There is no need to book in advance to see Poppies: Wave. However, there are likely to be queues at weekends and during school holidays.