Friday, August 8, 2014

A sea of ceramic poppies round the Tower of London marks WW1 centenary

  • Poppies-5
    It’s 100 years since Britain entered the First World War and to mark the centenary, the
    TOWER of LONDON is being surrounded by nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies.   Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is the brainchild of artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper and will grow
    between now and November when there will be 888,246 flowers in the dry moat, one for every
     British or British Colony soldier killed during the fighting.
    It’s already a spectacular sight – particularly where the poppies flow out of the Tower's windows - so
    we can only imagine how powerfully poignant it will be come iNovember when the models encircle one of London's most famous landmarks.  
    It’s not always successful when contemporary art tries to mark historical events, but this is a project we feel strikes exactly the right note.

    Paul Cummins/Tom Piper: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

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