Almost 900,000 ceramic poppies have been placed at London’s, Tower of London to mark 100 years since the start of World War One. Designer Tom Piper and artist Paul Cummins teamed up to create this commemorative masterpiece which has taken 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies, placed by 150 volunteers, over a two week period to complete. The piece, titled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, has been based on poetry from World War One and represents, in well-deserved style, every British and Colonial soldier to fall during the conflict between 1914 and 1918.
The poppies themselves have been made by over 50 potters at the studio of Paul Cummins, in Derby. After the exhibition has finished, 11th November 2014, each poppy will be sold to raise money for charities that support the Armed Forces. All aspects of the design have a strong connection to the cause, even down to the location. The Tower of London itself was the location where the first soldiers enlisted and swore their oath of allegiance.
This collaboration of Tom Piper and Paul Cummins has fittingly shown the peoples respect and appreciation, back to those who, 100 years ago made the ultimate sacrifice.