July – November 2014
Moat of the Tower of London, London, England
Paul Cummins (artist) and Tom Piper (stage designer)
An art installation of 888,246 ceramic red poppies.
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 dare to tread…”