Friday, August 8, 2014

Tower of London in a sea of red poppies

I am sure that lots of you have already heard about this, but I wanted to post anyhow. To mark the centenary of the First World War, an art instillation called 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' is going up on the lawn outside the Tower of London. The installation, created by artist Paul Cummins, set designer Tom Piper and a team of around 8,000 dedicated volunteers, will be comprised of thousands of red ceramic poppies - each one representing the life of a solider from Britain or the Commonwealth lost in WWI.

There are currently around 140,000 installed but the full instillation will consist of 888,246 poppies. The artist is trying to present a visualization of just how staggering the lost of life really was. The last poppy will be placed on November 11th - Armistice Day. 

Source - Telegraph
Each poppy is made in Paul Cummins' studio (one site said that there are 50 potters involved). The poppies are available at for £25.00 +p&p. All net proceeds plus a guaranteed 10% from every poppy sold will be shared equally amongst six service charities. Poppies will only be available for purchase throughout the duration of the installation.

1 comment:

  1. This is an incredible project. The image of the red poppies pouring out of the window of the Tower of London is very effective indeed.


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