Lincoln Castle has welcomed 100,000 visitors to see poppies sculpture

The iconic Poppies: Wave installation is coming to Lincoln Castle next year
The iconic Poppies: Wave installation is coming to Lincoln Castle next year

A staggering 100,000 people have visited the iconic sculpture at Lincoln Castle since it opened to the public on May 26.

Lincoln was chosen to host Wave by 14-18 NOW, the arts programme for the First World War centenary, as it was a major centre for the manufacture of weapons and munitions during the conflict.

The sculpture can be viewed for free within the grounds of Lincoln Castle.

Wave 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.

The installation was originally at HM Tower of London in 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

The installation was by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces.

Councillor Nick Worth said: “This is a fantastic milestone to reach in just over three weeks.

“It’s testament to all the hard work put in by everyone involved in bringing Poppies: Wave to the castle.

“I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t been yet to come and see Poppies: Wave.”

Wave can be seen at Lincoln Castle until Sunday, September 4.

The castle grounds are open each day from 10am to 5.30pm, with last entry to see Wave at 5.15pm.

Although entry to the castle grounds is free, the usual admissions charges will apply for the other castle attractions.

There is no need to book in advance to see Poppies: Wave. However, there are likely to be queues at weekends and during school holidays.