This week is exactly 100 years since the beginning of the First World War, so not surprisingly organisations, towns, villages and buildings across the country are joining in remembering the soldiers that died a century ago. The Tower of London has chosen to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Great War with an incredibly poignant but powerful art installation called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’.
Created in the Tower’s dry moat by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, individual ceramic poppies will be gradually added over the coming months until a staggering 888, 246 have been placed. Each poppy represents a British or Colonial soldier who died during the war.
The poppies can be purchased for £25 each, the proceeds of which will be spread amongst the six service charities.