The Black Watch Museum is now a focal point for remembrance and learning about the First World War. The Weeping Window sculpture flows from the Castle’s second floor turret window onto the ground below.
Sir Alastair Irwin KCB CBE, Chairman, The Black Watch Castle and Museum, explains, “The Black Watch is honoured and proud that its home and Museum has been chosen for the first display of the Poppies: Weeping Window on the Scottish mainland. The people of Perth have always been great supporters of their local regiment whether in times of peace or of conflict. Many of their sons were amongst the nearly 9,000 Black Watch men who gave their lives in the Great War. We know that, here in the heart of Scotland, the sculpture will be a powerful homage not only to them and their families but to all other Scots who fought or who waited anxiously at home during the course of that “war to end all wars”. The Black Watch extends a warm welcome to our home in Balhousie Castle, which, during the duration of the display, will be a home to all”.
Weeping Window 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 – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces. The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War. Weeping Window is the cascade of poppies that was seen pouring out of a high window down to the grass below. The second sculpture, Wave, is also touring the UK. The two poppy sculptures, Wave and Weeping Window, which together have over 11,000 poppies, have been saved for the nation by the Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, and gifted to 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums.
14-18 NOW has commissioned a number of major projects across Scotland in 2016 to mark the Battle of Jutland and the Battle of the Somme. Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips’ Dazzle Ship is currently on display in the historic port of Leith as part of the 2016 Edinburgh Art Festival.
For more information on the Black Watch Museum and the Weeping Window display visit the website at http://www.theblackwatch.co.uk
The museum, which is located in Perth, is within an hour’s drive from any of our self-catering holiday cottages so if you are staying here in central Scotland before 25th September why not visit the museum to see this special installation.