was in England this summer, traveling with my 13 year old son and his soccer team. It was mostly all soccer, all the time but there was occasionally time for some good old fashion sight seeing. So after dropping off the group at the Tower of London for their tour, I started to make a
beeline for the Design Museum across the Thames. I was stopped dead in my
tracks when I spotted this beautiful sight.
installation Blood Swept Lands and
Seas of Red, marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The poppies will encircle the historic landmark creating a dynamic display
visible from all around the Tower. The scale of the installation is meant to
show the magnitude of such an important centenary establishing a powerful
visual tribute. Each poppy is created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with stage
set by designer Tom Piper. 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the
Tower’s moat August 5 - Nov 11, 2014. Each poppy represents a British
military fatality during the war and are are being sold for 25 pounds a piece
with 10% going to help 6 related service charities.