The art installation entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ is currently being planted in the moat around The Tower of London, the last poppy will be planted on the 11th November.
marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. 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.
On my visit in mid August despite not being complete the artwork was stunning! Standing above the field of growing poppies I was able to see volunteers planting poppies under the watchful eye of Yeoman Warder Bill Callaghan.
I plan to return to see the almost complete installation a few days before the last poppy is planted.
- A gallery of photos that I took when I visited The Poppies in the Moat can be viewed here.