Back on the 5th of August I featured a post about the extraordinary tribute “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” occurring at The Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I. Even if you missed my post, by now you’ve no doubt seen all the photos shared across the world as the installation progressed in the interim months. Perhaps you were even lucky enough to view the sea of ceramic poppies in person, a powerfully poignant experience I’ve been told. I’m sure no photo can really do it justice, but in this case, a picture says 888,246 words, or rather, names. A handmade ceramic poppy represents each and every person lost during the War.
I promised to report back with a few photos of the installation upon completion which is, of course, today, Veteran’s Day.
To find out much more about this fascinating collaboration, and what’s happening next, please read my original post ;
The Queen and Prince Phillip visit earlier this month
Volunteers came from all over the globe to help with the daily installation.
As you can see, it is something quite extraordinary.
Today we take time to honour not only all the brave souls lost in WWI, but all those whose lives are deeply affected by the loss of loved ones in all wars.
There is a poppy representing my paternal great grandfather at the tower today.
Thank you from afar to artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper for conceiving of such an awe inspiring tribute. Not only is the creativity so extraordinary, but the execution of your vision, and the fluidity of how it grew and, in the end, will remain organic…spreading the original poppies all over the world, is pure artistic genius.
image 1 & 3; Luke McGregor/Reuters. image #2 Valentine Low, #4 pootlingaround.com