Lurid Illustrations: Paul Cummins, Tom Piper
One hundred years ago marks the anniversary of Britain’s first involvement in World War I. During the Great War, over 800,000 lives had perished, and many in the United Kingdom are currently commemorating the losses of their courageous ancestors. As of August 5th, two visionaries (along with lots of volunteers) have been installing a memorial project that not only salutes the fallen of years past, but evokes a visually-stimulating landscape which aims to elicit personal reflection and profound feelings upon sight.
Ceramic artist Paul Cummings and designer Tom Piper are the creators and overseers of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, an interactive art exhibit currently growing at the Tower of London. From August 5th to November 11th, reddened clay will be pressed, cut and molded into poppies that will then find their way from the kiln to the art installment. Each poppy represents a fallen soul, lost but not forgotten. On the final day when the 888,246th poppy is finished and ready for placement, a ceremony will be held in respect to all the deceased heroes. The piece extends from the tower window and will envelop the moat surrounding the Tower of London, making for a breathtaking and titillating sight.
At the end of the exhibit, they hope to sell each poppy in order to raise money for one of six charities that support those involved in the British military. Each poppy is £25.00, and 10% plus all proceeds will be donated.
If you want to learn more about the Historic Royal Palaces, the Tower of London, or the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red art exhibit, you can go here and read up more about the history of the tower, the role it played during the war, and more. Alternatively, if you’re English or in the UK area, why not go there to celebrate the centenary commemoration yourself?