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“Blink” Events: the Tower of London commemorates 100 years since WW1

1st WW commemorative installation unveiled at the Tower of London

1st WW commemorative installation unveiled at the Tower of London

We spotted an image of this on Instagram earlier and just had to share it with you. This is ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, designed and created collaboratively by ceramic artist, Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper along with many volunteers who helped in making the ceramic poppies as well as ‘planting’ them in this very moving, utterly breath-taking commemorative installation which has been created to mark 100 years since the start of WW1.

Over the past two weeks, volunteers have placed 120,000 of the ceramic flowers around the Tower of London in time for the official opening tomorrow, and the ‘planting’ will continue until the final one of all the 888,246 poppies is laid on Armistice Day on November 11. Each poppy represents the life of a British soldier lost during the First World War.

The title of the installation, ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ is in reference to a poem of the same name which inspired Derby based artist, Paul Cummins to create the artwork.

I know that this isn’t quite our usual content but this is so magnificent and also represents such a significant event that we felt we had to share it with you. For more information, take a look here.

For more events in general, take a look here and we hope you’ll find something inspiring.

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