Art & Design

888,246 Poppies in commemoration of the British involvement in WWI


Τhe Tower of London is run over by flowers, which are also covering the dry moat around it. It’s the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” by ceramist Paul Cummins and stage designer Τom Piper.

The two artists commemorate the centennial of the British involvement in the First World War and present the installation, which will finally consist of 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each Brisith or Colonial military fatality during the war.

A few weeks ago, volunteers started placing the flowers and the process will last until November 11th, when a fina flower will be symbolically planted. Each ceramic poppy can be purchased for £25 and will be available from August, 5th. 10% of the income will be equally shared between 6 charities, which are the following: Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

You can read more about the project on the website Historic Royal Palaces, while you can follow the volunteers’ hashtag #TowerPoppies in order to watch its evolution.