Marking 100 years since the first day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, the major art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red‘ is at the Tower of London. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat over the summer. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
The poppies will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.
The Tower are hoping to sell all of the poppies that make up the installation and, in doing so, raise millions of pounds which will be shared equally amongst six service charities.
I’m sure it looked impressive. Mind you I sometimes wonder if have learned anything in the last hundred years.
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I often wonder the same 😟
This is just fantastic. The thought and time put in to this does great honor to those who served in that war (my grandfather was one). Great article.
I saw it in September when it was only half finished and it was still incredibly poignant, it looked really beautiful by the time all the poppies were in place. Such a huge number of lost lives