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'Blood Swept Lands' WW1 installation launched in London

'Blood Swept Lands' WW1 installation launched in London
5 Aug 2014

Today marks the start of a special event at the Tower of London, linked to the World War One centenary.

This is a large-scale art installation called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, and involved more than 800,000 ceramic poppy flowers in the landmark's moat.

It will grow as the summer goes on and eventually encompass 888,246 ceramic flowers with each of these representing a fatality from the British military in World War One.

The first of the poppies was put into position recently by YS Crawford Butler, a Yeoman Warder at the Tower.

The artwork is by Paul Cummins, a ceramic artist, and its setting is by Tom Piper, a stage designer. Its official launch comes 100 years after Britain spent its first complete day as a participant in World War One. It joined the conflict August 4th 1914.

More than 8,000 volunteers will work to put the poppies in place and the last of them is going to be planted on November 11th this year: Armistice Day.

A range of service charities are being helped by the activity, because the poppies are being put on sale for £25 each starting today. Ten per cent of the price of each sold, and all the net proceeds raised, are being given to the charities involved, including Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and others.

While Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is on display, there will be special evening events at the Tower where the names of a selection of people who served in the War will be read.

"For this important anniversary year, we wanted the Tower of London’s commemorations to serve as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives during the First World War, whilst encouraging others to reflect on our past," commented constable of the Tower, General the Lord Dannatt.ADNFCR-408-ID-801740129-ADNFCR

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