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Lincoln Castle has been selected by centenary arts commission programme 14-18 NOW as one of three venues to host the iconic poppies sculpture in 2016.

Poppies: Wave is one of two centenary commemoration sculptures from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.

The display of 888,246 poppies honouring the deaths in the British and Colonial forces of World War One was originally at HM Tower of London in 2014.

Poppies: Wave and the second sculpture Weeping Window are now touring the UK. Wave is currently at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 10th January; Weeping Window is at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall until 17th January.

Lincoln Castle will be home to the sweeping arch of red poppies between 28th May and 4th September.

Councillor Nick Worth, executive member for culture and heritage, said: "We're thrilled the poppies are coming to Lincoln Castle. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Seven Lincolnshire battalions fought there, and having the poppies will be a fitting tribute.

“Of course, the castle is also home to one of only four surviving 1215 Magna Carta. The messages of freedom this document still represents will chime perfectly with the meaning of the poppies. I'm sure people will travel from far and wide to see this iconic work."

Group travel organisers booking for parties of 15 or more at Lincoln Castle will receive a ten percent discount on admission prices.

Further information about Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

The Poppies original concept is by artist Paul Cummins, and the installation is designed by Tom Piper.

Paul Cummins MBE is a ceramic artist, internationally renowned for many installations including his work on the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. Locations for previous works include the Houses of Parliament, Chatsworth House, Althorp Estate and Blenheim Palace.

Tom Piper MBE was associate designer for the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2004 to 2014, and was closely involved in the redevelopment of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. His theatre credits include over 30 productions for the RSC, including the award-winning History series.

For further information visit www.lincolncastle.com.

Pictured: Poppies from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Photo credit: Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces.