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
image © designboom

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
the installation weaves through the grounds at the tower of london
image © designboom

888,246 ceramic poppies tower of london for remembrance day
hundreds of thousands of flowers have been placed by volunteers
image © designboom

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

 

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

    AKoop Design
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