Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red


The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, alongside Prince Harry, tour the newest poppy installation at the Tower of London. Entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the installation will eventually see 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the moat - one for every soldier from the UK, Australia and the Commonwealth killed during the Great War | August 5, 2014

UNITED KINGDOM, London : Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (L) and husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visit the Tower of London’s ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ poppy installation at the Tower of London, in central London on October 16, 2014. The art installation will eventually consist of over 800,000 ceramic poppies, and serves to symbolises British and Colonial military fatalities in WW1. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Prince Harry at the Tower of London to officially unveil Paul Cummins’ Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red, 5th August 2014.

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NCR: Remembrance Day > November 11

The First World War officially ended on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day on the eleventh month, 1918 - Armistice Day. The act of a Two Minute Silence began on the anniversary of Armistice Day in 1919 by those who did not want to forget the millions killed, injured and affected.

Now generally called Remembrance Day, millions of people stop what they are doing and observe a Two Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November each year in the memory of those who have been affected in all conflicts

This year, I am in the UK for Remembrance Day. There is a heart stopping installation at the Tower of London called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. The photos I’ve taken taken simply with an iPhone do little to capture the majestic visual in person.

Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively fill the Tower’s famous moat. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.The poppies encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. 

Today is as good a day as any to create space from our personal dramas and conflicts and reflect on what so many sacrificed in order for us to have the peace and freedoms we so enjoy and quite often take for granted. I know for me, being in London, it is awe inspiring and humbling to see a poppy for every human who lost his life so future generations could have theirs. ~ Sima


Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper

888,246 ceramic poppies fill the Tower of London, with each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.