Poppies in the Moat
From 5 August 2014 to 11 November 2014, a major artistic installation entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' saw the Tower of London's famous dry moat filled with over 800,000 ceramic poppies, creating a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary.
The ceramic poppies were on sale for £25 each with net proceeds, hoped to be in excess of £9.5 million, being shared equally amongst a group of carefully selected Service charities — The Royal British Legion, Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).
All poppies were sold by late October and the installation has now been dismantled, with poppies being delivered to those who ordered them. Information about the delivery of poppies and whether more may become available for sale can be found at poppies.hrp.org.uk
The significance of the vital work that these charities provide is one we must not forget and is especially poignant as we mark the anniversary of the First World War and remember all those who lived and fought during this time.
General the Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower
The installation, in collaboration with ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper, was unveiled on 5 August 2014, one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War.
The poppies, a symbol of Remembrance in the UK, encircled the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also an inspiring setting for performance and learning activities, and a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation reflected the magnitude of such an important centenary.
888,246 poppies were installed, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war.
Two major features of the installation, the Weeping Window and Wave, will travel to a number of locations around the UK from 2015.
Visit the Historic Royal Palaces website for more information.