Now that the 888,246 scarlet poppies are almost all in place, as part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, the Tower of London has been dramatically transformed. Up to four million people have already visited the sea of ceramic poppies to witness the tribute to the soldiers who died in the First World War, which ended 100 years ago. When it is complete in two weeks, the installation will feature a poppy for each UK soldier whose life was lost during the conflict. Brainchild of artist Paul Cummins, the monumental tribute is expected to raise around ┬ú11.2 million ($18.1 million) for charity.
The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation will be on display until Armistice Day on November 11, when the last red poppy will be planted. The poppies will then be sold for ┬ú25 ($40) each, with the proceeds going to military charities, including Help for Heroes and Combat Stress.
On the next day, the 8,000 volunteers who started planting the poppies on July 17 will start uprooting them, one by one, sending each one off to be washed and mailed on to its new owner. Tower of London General Lord Dannatt said he’d been delighted with the public response to the memorial and added:
The First World War was a pivotal moment in our history, claiming the lives of over 16 million people across the globe; its consequences have shaped our modern society. We wanted the Tower of London’s commemorations to serve as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives during the First World War, whilst encouraging others to reflect on our past.
Such a great idea, I wish we came up with something similar here in the U.S. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Millions of people have visited the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London since July.
2. Thousands of people have gathered at the moat surrounding the Tower of London to see the spectacular blanket of scarlet.
3. When the last ceramic poppy is planted on November 11 there will be a staggering total of 888,246 in the installation.
4. The emotionally-charged tribute has dramatically changed London’s landscape and the scarlet moat can be seen for miles.
5. An aerial view shows the amazing memorial which has attracted millions of visitors.
6. The poppies, each hand made carefully before being planted, can clearly be seen surrounding the Tower of London.
7. The incredible memorial has been attracting thousands of visitors every week, including during this week’s half-term.
8. The magnificent feature has attracted millions of visitors from around the world – including many families of soldiers lost in the war.
9. The sea of red is a stark reminder of those soldiers who lost their lives trying to protect their country in the First World War.
10. The project was the brainchild of artist Paul Cummins and is expected to raise around ┬ú11.2million for charity.
11. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to the Tower of London’s Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation.
And here is the Poppy Appeal Single:
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