Iconic Weeping Window poppies will go on show in Northumberland this weekend

Volunteers from AkzoNobel helping to install the Weeping Window installation.
Volunteers from AkzoNobel helping to install the Weeping Window installation.
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An iconic poppies sculpture that appeared at the Tower of London last year is opening in Northumberland this weekend.

The Weeping Window sculpture installation is heading for Woodhorn Museum in Ashington this week, as the first venue in the world to host the artwork outside London.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, September 12, and runs until Sunday, November 1, and volunteers, including some from AkzoNoble, have been helping out with the installation of the sculpture.

Ashington site manager, Jeff Hope, said: “AkzoNobel is committed to working with local businesses to help build on the strong sense of community that exists in Ashington; so our employees were delighted when given the opportunity to provide a helping hand with the installation of the Weeping Window.

“Woodhorn Museum is at the very heart of local history and it continues to inspire the culture within our manufacturing plant and the way in which we work.

“Having the Weeping Window constructed in Ashington is a fantastic opportunity for the local community and the Colliery Wheel will prove a striking backdrop for the installation.

“Many of the original 888,246 ceramic poppies were painted in AkzoNobel’s own Armstead Trade Vinyl Matt paint.

“We are looking forward to visiting when it officially opens and hope to see large numbers of visitors to Ashington over the coming weeks.”

Visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com for full details.