888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day 888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
nov 10, 2014

888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day

888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

 

 

 

remembrance day, taking place each year on november 11th, marks the end of the first world war and honors the commonwealth armed forces who have died in the line of duty. as symbol of this sacrifice and service, artist paul cummins and stage designer tom piper have infilled the famous dry moat at the tower of london with 888,246 ceramic poppies, spilling out from a window onto the vast grassy expanse that divides the historic site from the city center. since august, blood swept lands and seas of red has continued to progressively spread throughout the space, with individually red-hued flowers installed in the landscape by a team of over 8,000 volunteers, each one representing a british military fatality during the war. on remembrance day tomorrow, the last poppy will be planted, reflecting the magnitude of the event with the installation’s powerful and visceral visual commemorative quality.

 

 


the tower poppies from above
video courtesy of historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
888,246 ceramic poppies spill out from a window onto the vast grassy expanse
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
the evolving installation has seen the transformation of the tower of london’s moat
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
individually crafted poppies have been placed in the landscape
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
the ceramic installation has grown massively throughout the past months
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888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
poppies sweet throughout the vast expanse
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888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
the installation weaves through the grounds at the tower of london
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888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
hundreds of thousands of flowers have been placed by volunteers
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888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
the sweeping sea of red poppies
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making the poppies – the tower of london remembers
video courtesy of historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
image © richard lea-hair and historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
image © historic royal palaces

888,246 ceramic poppies infill the tower of london for remembrance day
image © historic royal palaces

 

  • Beautiful … but will it change the attitude to war and mass killing?

    Robert de Vos says:
  • Thank you to everyone who gave of their time to do this special remembrance.

    Bonnie Opperman says:
  • Now I know why Poppies were used in the poem. The photos look like the flowing out of blood, blood of the military heroes.

    Topazshell says:
  • I wish I could get some of th Poppies here in Canada! Thank you.

    Sally Ann says:
  • The most awe inspiring display I’ve ever seen to honor the fallen. Freedom isn’t free, it’s paid for with the blood, sweat and tears of those who serve and their families.

    Jeff Bailey says:
  • Such a wonderful tribute by the people of Briton. Is there any chance some could be acquired by Americans?

    Gary L Lawson says:
  • Breath taking. Equivalent to USA Memorial Day. Unfortunately, even our grandest gesture will never stop the killing of soldiers or innocents, worldwide.

    Judith Sterbenz says:
  • The poppies inspired the poem, as they were the first plants that cane up in Flanders Field after the war. Poppies are perennials and have very deep roots, so they were able to survive. Beautiful Tribute!

    Denise says:
  • God bless all those who served. A whole generation of men lost their lives in this war. Too bad the United States does not mark a remembrance day such as this for the troops we lost in WW1, WWII, Korean ‘Conflict’, Viet Nam or for the men and women serving now – as we watch the blood spill as noted with this poppy display at the Tower of London.

    Carol Fandal says:
  • please add to my previous comment………..

    Today it is difficult to find someone selling fabric poppies. When I was a girl, 70 years ago, hardly a person could be found walking on the street without a poppy. Sadly we Americans easily forget…….

    Carol Fandal says:
  • Wow. What an incredible way to remember those who fought to died fighting for their countries.

    AKoop Design says:
  • Hi Carol, hi AKoop and Jeff,
    I suppose the blood-flowers are also for all those, who have been killed by the soldiers.

    Carla Kerstine says:
  • Carol – we still have veterans day here in the US, but its merely a shopping holiday (that only school children have off on) for our corporate overlords to “remember” and “honor” our soldiers with sales.

    ashley says:

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