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Poppy sculpture forms Leeds museum focal point

Julia Lumley, communications officer at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, places a poppy into the Poppy Art Installation by artist Mark Humphrey. PIC: Simon Hulme

Julia Lumley, communications officer at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, places a poppy into the Poppy Art Installation by artist Mark Humphrey. PIC: Simon Hulme

An artistic sculpture has been put in place so museum visitors can dedicate and insert a poppy in honour of those killed in the First World War.

The poppy-shaped sculpture at the Royal Armouries’s Hall of Steel, in Clarence Dock, invites members of the public to add their own poppies so that it can become a focal point of the museum’s remembrance service on Monday.

Organised by The Royal British Legion and designer Mark Humphrey, the venture is intended to raise money for charity, with a share of donations going to the Never Such Innocence charity which will mark the centenary of the First World War next year.

Karen Whitting, head of creative programmes at the museum, said: “This sculpture allows everyone to pay their own personal and individual tribute and we are delighted to be participating in this way.”

Sculptures are being placed in public spaces across the UK such as Waterloo Station, in London, and the RAF Museum.

Mr Humphrey added: “The installations are an emotive and interactive symbol, commemorating the great sacrifices made by all the soldiers who died in World War One.”

The Royal Armouries’s service will be led by Royal Navy chaplain the Rev Gordon Warren, from 10.45am to 11.30am.

Call 020 3207 2100 to have a sculpture in your workplace or visit www.royalarmouries.org for information.

 

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