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Poppy sculpture at Ulster Museum attracts 25,000 visitors

By Cate McCurry

More than 25,000 people have flocked to the Ulster Museum to view the Weeping Window, an iconic poppy sculpture created to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Over 10 days, record numbers visited the installation, which was created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper.

It will remain at the museum until December 3 as part of a UK-wide tour organised to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The poppies are presented by National Museums NI and the Belfast International Arts Festival to give people from Northern Ireland and across the island of Ireland the opportunity to see the artwork.

Laura McCorry, director of public engagements at National Museums NI, said: "It's the public's only chance to see this sculpture in Ireland.

"We're so pleased that people from all over the island are engaging with this spectacular and deeply moving artwork.

"Over the next six weeks, we'll be running a wide variety of events. These will be through our Participate in Poppies programme, which has been created for a range of audiences."

Belfast International Arts Festival director Richard Wakely added: "I'm delighted that people have embraced the work of Paul Cummins and Tom Piper."

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