“Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”

The Poppies of Remembrance at The Tower of London, October 2014

A slightly different view of the art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.  The Tower of London moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic red poppies of remembrance to mark the centenary of the first world war.




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7 Responses to ““Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red””

    • adrianpym

      The last poppy will be placed on 11 November, then I understand all poppies will be removed by the end of the year.

      I also heard that they were turning people away in Friday and advising people not to visit this weekend.

      It was 15 to 20 deep at the viewing points the day we went!

      • Scott Marshall

        blimey 15-20 deep I could put up my drone and get arrested 🙂 It looks an amazing scene – my only opportunity would be to come down with Mandy on the Sleeper – but it’s a long way to come to be dissapointed.

        • adrianpym

          I can only relate our journey on 30/10, which started with standing room only on the train from Solihull to London which took an hour and forty- five minutes, then every tube was jammed, and the tube station next to the Tower was horrendous. Luckily we booked in advance to go into the tower so we had a better view of the poppies than those that didn’t.

          It might get better after 11 Nov but not sure how quickly the poppies will be removed and sent to those who bought them.

  1. LensScaper

    That’s a very different view from the one’s that most of us have taken, Adrian. We were there in late August for a reading of the Roll of Honour as my wife’s great uncle was killed in WW1 (I wrote a post about it). A very moving occasion. We were also lucky to get an order in early enough to buy a Poppy, they are now sold out. I can’t see them clearing those poppies in a hurry after 11/11. We were hoping to get down once more but we have heard how vast the crowds are.

    • adrianpym

      Thanks Andy, I was looking for something different! Having said that I have a series of more images taken on the day which could be said to be more traditional views. Might save these for Rememberance Sunday.

      Wish we had thought about buying one now, do you know how soon you get yours after 11th?

      • LensScaper

        I’m told it will take them up to March next year to get them all dispatched. And that would mean they are dispatching around 9,000 every day, if my maths is right – the mind boggles at the work involved.


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