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This Stunning Memorial to Britain’s WWI Soldiers Makes Its Final Appearance

The wave of brilliant red flowers marks the end of a centennial of commemorations of the Great War

PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - "WAVE" August 23 - November 19, 2017 (Matt Keeble)
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Since 2015, Paul Cummins and Tom Piper's traveling poppy sculptures "Wave" and "Weeping Window" have traveled around the UK, honoring those lost in WWI. Comprised of several thousand ceramic poppies, the two separate structures were initially conceived as a part of the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" installation at the Tower of London in 2014. Now, as the "Wave" prepares to make its final stop, take a look back at the landscapes that have been transformed by these two works of art.

YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK
YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE PARK, WAKEFIELD, ENGLAND - "WAVE" September 5, 2015 – January 10, 2016 (Nigel Roddis)
ST. MAGNUS CATHEDRAL
ST. MAGNUS CATHEDRAL, KIRKWALL, SCOTLAND - "WEEPING WINDOW" April 22 - June 12, 2016 (Michael Bowles)
CAERNARFON CASTLE
CAERNARFON CASTLE, CAERNARFON, WALES - "WEEPING WINDOW" October 12 - November 20, 2016 (Richard Stonehouse)
THE SILK MILL, DERBY, ENGLAND - "WEEPING WINDOW
THE SILK MILL, DERBY, ENGLAND - "WEEPING WINDOW" June 9 - July 23, 2017 (Richard Stonehouse)
HEREFORD CATHEDRAL
HEREFORD CATHEDRAL, HEREFORD, ENGLAND - "WEEPING WINDOW" March 14 - April 29, 2018 (Matt Cardy/Matt Cardy/Getty Images for 14-1)
ROYAL ARMOURIES: FORT NELSON, PORTCHESTER
ROYAL ARMOURIES: FORT NELSON, PORTCHESTER, ENGLAND - "WAVE" April 13 - June 24, 2018 (Pictured from left: Paul Cummins, Director of 14-18 NOW Jenny Waldman, and Tom Piper stand in front of the "Wave" at Fort Nelson in Portchester.) (Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for 14-18 NOW)
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