Blood Swept Lands & Seas of Red > Paul Cummins at the Tower of London

Each poppy represents a life. Yesterday saw the unveiling of over 120,000 poppies at planted in the dry moat at The Tower of London, and this is just a fraction of the total number. By the time the installation is complete at the end of November, the poppies will stretch around the Tower and reach 888,246, each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.

A symbol of Remembrance in the UK, the poppies will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also an inspiring setting for learning activities and a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful and thought provoking commemoration.

A spectacular and sobering visual. The idea for the installation was from a poem found by an anonymous soldier, one particular line was the inspiration, “The blood swept lands and seas of red. ”

Artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper are the creative force behind the idea, which is part of the Historical Royal Palaces’ programme to mark the centenary. The poppies are continuing to be installed by a team of over 8,000 volunteers from across the UK, remaining until 11am on 11th November 2014, marking Armistace Day. The poppies will then be sold individually to the public for £25 each.

For further information head to the Royal British Legion Website here.

Nicky’s World – August 2014

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