WWI Remembrance Project to Fill the Tower of London's Moat With 888,246 Poppies

By Gary Cutlack on at

An art installation that calls itself Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is coming to London, or, as the layman might call it, 888,246 ceramic poppies chucked in a moat.

Artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper are behind the idea, which will go live on August 5 to mark the centenary of the First World War. The 888,246 figure represents the official tally of British and colonial soldiers who died in the conflict. The poppies will be on display until Armistice Day, with visitors able to buy them for £25 a pop to fund a range of armed forces charities. [Telegraph]

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