The Tower of London Poppies

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is the beautiful and emotive art installation at the Tower of London, marking one hundred years since the first day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

Sara Hardman Tower of London poppies

Beneath the iconic tower, 888,246 ceramic poppies fill the moat with a red blanket of petals; each individual poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.

Sara Hardman Tower of London poppies

The poppies were created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting created by stage designer Tom Piper.

Sara Hardman Tower of London poppies

The visual spectacle provides a stunning sight for reflection. The physical scale of the installation highlights the magnitude of the centenary and provides a beautiful scene for quiet reflection and commemoration.

Sara Hardman Tower of London poppies

The poppies have already been sold and, when the installation closes on November 11th, proceeds will be shared equally amongst six service charities – Cobseo, Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and SSAFA.

Sara Hardman Tower of London poppies

This is the final week to see Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red as the installation closes on November 11th. Due to the crowds some of the tube stations have been extremely busy and even closed at times.

 

Sara Hardman Tower of London poppies

The Tower of London is just 15 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street Station. It’s free to view but be prepared to be very patient as the queues are long.

Sara Hardman Tower of London poppies

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13 thoughts on “The Tower of London Poppies

    1. Thank you, we were very lucky to have the opportunity to see it. It was very moving to stand and stare across the sea of red on a beautiful, sunny day.

  1. This is such a moving tribute and a wonderful way to commemorate the senseless loss of life in the war. I wish it could have been on longer I’ll be in London next April and would have liked very much to visit the poppies. Perhaps they will do a smaller exhibit somewhere else?

    1. It really was very moving. I felt very lucky to be able to see it. The poppies also sold out very quickly, I know lots of people who would have loved to buy one. I hope you get to see a similar tribute at some stage. Thank you for your comment 🙂

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