Today marks the opening of “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” a stunningly powerful installation at the Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War I. Artist Paul Cummins, commissioned by the British government and in collaboration with stage designer Tom Piper, chose the poppy in ceramic form to create this visually staggering tribute.
At present, you see 120, 000 ceramic poppies spilling from The Tower of London and spreading across the dry moat and grass. More flowers will be ‘planted’ daily by volunteers throughout the summer and continuing until Armistice Day, November 11, the last day of the war.
This powerful now, one can only imagine how moving it’s going to be when the installation eventually consists of 888,246 flowers, each bloom representing the life of a British or Colonial soldier who lost his life in the war.
There will be one poppy for my paternal great-grandfather, a British soldier who lost his life in Belgium.
The flowers are being sold (£25 each) and dispersed to all buyers once the installation is ‘unplanted’. The funds will be donated to several well known U.K. veteran’s charities. Throughout the run of “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” the names of 180 WWI soldiers will be read out in a roll of Honour.
A visit to the Tower installation by the younger members of the British Monarchy earlier today.
During the evening opening ceremony, silhouettes of soldiers projected against a blood red Tower of London.
“Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” Today through November 11, 2014, The Tower of London, London, England
How I would love to see this, wouldn’t you?
Website to purchase the poppies and see how they are made HERE
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Credits; 1st & 3rd photo; Speeding Dragon, scrolling photos at bottom via Instagrams as captioned. Aerial shot & Royals via DailyMail.U.K.
Close up photo of poppies; @deebrese (Instagram)