This installation is entitled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' and is created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins. It marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Each hand made poppy has been purchased by a member of the public for £25 with the proceeds being shared equally amongst six service charities.
It seems strange that the Tower of London, a building synonymous with the eccentricities of English history such as beheading former wives, torture and the excess of power should be the location for such a moving tribute. With current atrocities in far of places seeming to replicate such events the asinine practices of our Royal ancestors no longer seem so quaint.
I’m not sure what is more astonishing. The site of so many ceramic poppies in the Tower of London moat or the amount of people who have come to see the site, early on a Sunday morning.