Flashback Sunday: London, The Tower Of…

2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War (1914-18), The Tower of London remembered with an evolving art installation titled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper. From July to November 2014, 888,246 ceramic poppies gradually filled the Tower’s moat, the last ceramic poppy placed on the 11th November 2014 – Remembrance Day. Each ceramic poppy represents a British military fatality during the First World War, Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed across the Commonwealth every year since the ending of war.

The art installation attracted visitors from far and wide, antipation building as the anniversary grew nearer, the poppies growing denser as a visual illustration of British lives lost impacted on everyone, young and old. Crowds were large, a scale I had never seen before, just to get a glimpse of this powerful art piece, slowly moving, the quiet almost deafening.

Every evening at sunset from the beginning of the project to the end, the Last Post was played followed by the Roll of Honour, a list of names was read out of members from the Commonwealth Forces whom were killed during the First World War. Families could nominate relatives, records checked and then you would be notified on which day their name would be read out. From the 11th August, the Roll of Honour was recorded and shared online, a copy you can still access at the time of writing.

Missed the installation?

Until the 10th January 2016, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is host to the ‘Poppies Wave’, part of a UK tour of this section of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ art installation. See my post about my visit here.

Another section titled ‘Weeping Window’ can be viewed at St George’s Hall, Liverpool (November 2015 – January 2016).


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