|The installation as of September 2014|
HRP, Historic Royal Palaces, announced their plans in February to put an art installation in the Moat of the Tower of London to commemorate the beginning of WWI. The art installation, named "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red", is a collaboration between HRP, artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper. Their installation is 888,246 ceramic poppies which will fill the Moat by November 11th. The poppies represent all British and Colonial fatalities during the war, and the planting of these started in August.
|via my instagram|
The first poppy was planted by Yeoman Warder Crawford Butler on August 5th 2014. The date is significant as this was the date of the Brit's first full day of involvement in the war. Poppies are a symbol of remembrance in the UK, and this symbol will surround the castle. The magnitude is supposed to represent the significance of the fatalities we suffered during the war, and magnify the significance of such an important centenary. The poppies are also available for purchase at £25 (+p&p) a go, with some of the money going towards various charities.
Throughout the installation period (5th August- 11th November 2014), the public will be able to witness, at twilight from Tower Hill terrace, the names of 180 serving military killed during the First World War being read out in a roll of honour. After the "Last Post" bugle call is played by a single bugler. The names read out have been nominated by members of the public. The poppies are being planted in this period by around 8,000 volunteers, from across the UK, the last of which will be planted of Armistice Day. To see their efforts check out @BillyBeefeater on twitter or #TowerPoppies.
I managed to visit the installation when I visited London at the beginning of September. It is truly stunning and magnificent. Even better, it costs nothing to see them, as you don't need to enter into the Tower of London to do so. You can see them as soon as you walk up to the gates, and fences around the palace and- whilst it was a Saturday in London- I couldn't believe the amount of people hanging around to see it! It took a while to get a gap to get some photo's especially as I knew particularly where I wanted to stand. The poppies definitely make you reflect, imagine how different things could be if the outcomes of the wars had been different. I walked all the way around the tower & the poppies really do creep around the fortified walls, its beautiful to see. I'd like to go again before they start to be removed and sent off to their owners in November.
Have you visited the Tower of London? Did you catch the poppy installation? What did you think?
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