Poppies: Weeping Window come to Wales

Making news all over Wales this summer was the spectacular Weeping Window which flowed beautifully out of the Senedd at Cardiff Bay.

It’s no surprise the display attracted crowds. Whether it was the remembrance, sentiment or the captivating red poppies, this beautiful attraction was on the summer must-see list for most.  

Made up of 4000 ceramic poppies, these striking flowers cascaded down the glass front of the Senedd and spread out over the slate steps upon reaching the ground. But what was behind the structure of the display that made it withstand all the elements for nearly two months? A simple but effective material: plywood.

Genero had the painstaking task of drilling hundreds of holes into forty large sheets of plywood that would be home to the poppies' steel stems. Painted the exact same grey and grooved in line with the slate at the Senedd, the installation was a seamless piece to complement the design.

Giles Ballisat, Visitor Experience and Venue Manager, commented: “Just to say a big thank you to you and your guys - the ply looks awesome!  I’m really grateful for the effort that you have put into this.”

Pete Leckie, Managing Director of Genero added: “We were honoured to help with the instillation of such a beautiful and important piece of art. The display is solid, durable and the base blends in perfectly with the Senedd. We hope the community and beyond have enjoyed visiting the display over the holidays as much as we have.”

 Image credit: Weeping Window at Y Senedd, the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Photo credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Image credit: Weeping Window at Y Senedd, the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff Photo credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire