HAPPENINGS / Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

When

July – November 2014

Where

Moat of the Tower of London, London, England

Who

Paul Cummins (artist) and Tom Piper (stage designer)

What

An art installation of 888,246 ceramic red poppies.

Why

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

Red poppies are worn in England for Remembrance Day (November 11) to honor those who died in the line of duty. Each of the 888,246 ceramic poppies represented a Commonwealth soldier who died during WWI.

The title of the work was taken from the first line of a poem by an unknown British WWI soldier who died in Flanders — “The blood swept lands and seas of red, / Where angels dareĀ to tread…”

Photo: Tower of London, England / October 2014


See also:

England Dossier

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