888,246 red ceramic poppies at Tower of London to commemorate WWI

Ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper have designed an absolutely eye-popping installation of red ceramic poppies ‘planted’ in the dry moat surrounding the Tower of London. To commemorate the centennial of Britain’s involvement in the First World War, they have titled this field of crimson ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’.

Upon completion in November, there will be as many as 888,246 red ceramic blooms. Each one represents a British or colonial military fatality during World War 1. The poppies were installed by volunteers several weeks ago and shall continue through the summer until a final flower is symbolically planted on November 11th. You can see the progress via the #TowerPoppies hashtag on Twitter.


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