Poppies at The Tower

While strictly speaking not a garden I thought it would be worth doing a short blog about the poppies at The Tower of London, which I visited today. 2014 of course marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and what better way to commemorate this than with the famous Flanders Poppy. With setting by stage designer Tom Piper, ceramic artist Paul Cummins has this summer been creating a major art installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London. In this installation 888,246 ceramic poppies are progressively being planted in the Tower’s moat, with each poppy representing a British military fatality during the First World War. The result is a beautiful yet chilling reminder of the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, and of the vast number of lives lost in battle. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red will be on display at the Tower until Remembrance Day, November 11.

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