The historic Tower of London is bleeding poppies! Artist Paul Cummins placed 888,246 ceramic flowers throughout the grounds as a tribute to the soldiers who fell during World War I. The installation is called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” and each of the ceramic flowers represents one British or Colonial fatality during the war.
Marking 100 years since the Brits’ involvement in the first World War, Cummins was commissioned to create a moving, yet beautiful installation in tribute. The delicate poppies adorn the entire castle and its grounds. Cummins has gather the individually sculpted faux flowers in flowing groups. Some pour out of the Tower windows, cascading to the ground, while others seem to splash over from the fields into the pedestrian walkways, bringing a trail of bright crimson to visitors’ feet. Groups of the deep red flowers gather as if in pools, filling up the towers moat to create an eerie look of red water, or spilled blood.
Aside from making an all-encompassing installation, each of the 888,246 ceramic poppies will be available for sale to art collectors and veteran supporters. Each of Cummins’ flowers will cost 25 GBP, with 10 percent of the proceeds to benefit six different service-related charities. This beautiful and moving temporary memorial opens on August 5, 2014.
To finish off the installation, the final poppy- the 888,246th– will be planted on November 11, 2014 on Veteran’s Day. Visitors to the Tower of London can enjoy Cummins’ installation into the fall.
Via This is Colossal
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