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Tower of London commemorates WWI centenary with art installation

The tower’s famous dry moat is set to be covered in a sea of poppies to honour the fallen, 100 years on from WWI.

Tower of London commemorates WWI centenary with art installation

One hundred years since Britain’s involvement in WWI has been marked by an elaborate art installation conceived by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper.

Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, the installation is comprised of hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies pouring out of the Tower of London’s dry moat, honouring those fallen in WWI.

The installation will continually evolve and grow throughout the summer until it is eventually filled with a total of 888,246 poppies, each representing a British or colonial soldier fatality in the war. The final poppy will be planted on Nov 11.

Each poppy will be sold for 25 pounds with 10% of proceeds going to 6 service-related charities.

The installation provides a powerful visual commemoration as well as a location for personal reflection.

The official unveiling of the installation is set for August 5.

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