Blood-Swept Lands And Seas Of Red

11th November 2014

I’m sure a lot of people by now have seen the poppies at the Tower of London, either in person or in one of the millions of photographs online.

Blood-Swept Lands And Seas of Red represents 100 years since Britain became involved in the First World War and serves as a beautiful and poignant reminder of the 888,246 Commonwealth soldiers who gave their lives for their countries.

When I went to see the poppies in August around half had been planted. Even then they took my breath away so I can only imagine how beautiful and moving it must be to see all of them in the ground today.

The work by British ceramic artist Paul Cummins will begin being dismantled tomorrow by the 8,000 volunteers (who also planted the poppies) and will sold in the new year for £25 each. It’s incredible to know that once sold they will raise around £15 million for six service charities, including Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion and I feel honoured to have been able to see them in person.

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