Visit the Tower of London until 11 November this year and you’ll discover something remarkable – a vast sea of poppies occupying much of the moat. Officially opened today, it is an installation by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, called ‘Blood Swept Lands & Seas Of Red‘. Consisting of exactly 888,246 ceramic poppies, each one represents a soldier from the Commonwealth countries that lost his life in the First World War.
The first of the poppies was planted by one of the Tower’s Yeoman Warders on 17 July, and since then staff and volunteers have been busily completing the artwork. When the poppies are removed in November you’ll actually be able to buy one of them – each costing £25, they’re being sold to benefit several important military charities – the British Legion, the Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
As you can see from the image below, taken together they resemble blood pouring from an open wound..
Do go along and see the installation for yourself if you can.