SEAS OF RED - LONDON

November 11, 2014

Seas of Red - The Wayfarer

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is a major art installation currently on display at the Tower of London to commemorate 100 years since the first day of Britain's involvement in the First World War.   Artist Paul Cummin's vision consists of 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies, each one  representing a British life lost during the war.  The poppies have progressively filled up the tower's moat since the start of the summer when the artwork was initially installed.  The last poppy will be planted today to mark Armistice Day.


Seas of Red - The Wayfarer
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer

Seas of Red - The Wayfarer

Seas of Red - The Wayfarer
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer

Seeing the sheer scale of the installation first hand really brings home the magnitude of all the loss of life.   It certainly rendered me speechless on seeing it.  It's incredibly powerful and moving sight that really speaks for itself.  
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer
Seas of Red - The Wayfarer

Today, just like every year on the 11th of November at 11am, the country falls silent for two minutes to commemorate all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 

From tomorrow 8,000 volunteers will begin to dismantle the installation, which will take around three weeks, so if you would like to see this memorial there's still time.  Each of the ceramic poppies will go on sale with all of the proceeds going to charity.

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