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Ulster Museum to host iconic poppies installation

Visitors to the Ulster Museum will be greeted by the sight of thousands of cascading ceramic poppies when Belfast hosts the work in 2017.

The installation, entitled 'Weeping Window' is a collaboration between artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper and commemorates lives lost in the First World War, a century ago.

It arrives as part of a UK-wide tour organised by arts body 14-18 NOW.

National Museums Northern Ireland and the Belfast International Arts Festival successfully bid to host the piece, which will be in place at the museum between 14 October and 3 December 2017.

The work was initally displayed at the Tower of London, in the autumn of 2014.

Communities Minister Paul Givan greeted the news, saying "I am delighted to learn of the success of the bid".

He said it was "a first for Northern Ireland and presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase what is a powerful and moving sculpture and a deserving tribute to those who suffered from the loss of loved ones a hundred years ago".