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First World War centenary marked by ceramic poppies memorial

The Weeping Window has been installed at the home of the Welsh National Assembly in Cardiff.

A memorial made up of thousands of ceramic poppies has been unveiled in Cardiff to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Weeping Window sculpture has been installed at the Senedd, home of the Welsh National Assembly in Cardiff Bay, and will be on display there from Tuesday until September 24.

The poignant display coincides with the centenary of Battle of Passchendaele, which took the lives of many Welshmen, including the celebrated poet Hedd Wyn.

Weeping Window is one of two sculptures taken from the installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, originally displayed at the Tower of London in 2014, where 888,246 poppies were displayed – one to honour every death in the British and colonial forces between 1914 and 1918.

More than five million visitors saw the poppies by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, who opened the display in Cardiff on Monday, when they were at the London landmark.

Since then they have been displayed around the UK in a tour organised by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Ann Jones AM, Deputy Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, said: “It is a privilege and an honour to host this iconic sculpture at our iconic Senedd.

“It is the focal point of Welsh civic and political life and it is fitting that we mark the sacrifice made by so many Welsh women and men during the First World War by displaying this poignant piece of work.”

The unique design of the Senedd means that visitors will be able to view the sculpture from all sides for the first time including from behind, through the building’s floor to ceiling windows.

The Senedd will also be open until 8pm on Thursday evenings in August to allow people to view the sculpture in the changing light.

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