Marking the centenary of the start of WW1

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The war to end all wars started 100 hundred years ago at the end of July. To mark this, the Tower of London have filled their moat with a sea of ceramic poppies.

This evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, is being unveiled today – exactly 100 years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

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Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, the installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat. It will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war.

The last poppy will symbolically be planted on 11 November 2014.

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Each ceramic poppy is now available to buy for £25 (+p&p). 10% from each poppy, plus all net proceeds, which we hopefully will be millions of pounds if all poppies are sold, will be shared equally amongst six service charities. The charities chosen are Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

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I have already bought a poppy (I won’t receive it until after the installation) but they do ship worldwide.  I can’t wait to visit the installation.

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All images here from Tower of London

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