Skip to comments.The Tower Of London Pours 888,246 Poppies From A Window To Honor WWI Dead
Posted on 08/03/2014 11:09:19 AM PDT by COBOL2Java
A new installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper commemorates all British deaths from World War I with 888, 246 red ceramic poppies creatively arranged around the tower.
The human toll of war is hard to appreciate or understand in cold, hard statistics. Probably because nobody wants to think about what they truly mean. Sometimes, it actually takes seeing the number fleshed out in a meaningful way to realize each one of those digits is a person.
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A very striking tableau of three dimensional art. I hope no one tries to destroy it, since this is honoring the war dead. Some folks don’t understand why one would chose to honor the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. I do.
Had the privilege of visiting the Tower on two different trips. Wish I wasn't so old and broke. I'd love to go back.
Oh my God - I need to wear my glasses more often ... I first read that title as stating not “poppies” but “puppies”
Two of those poppies will represent my Great Uncles.
20,000 of those poppies were tallied on the opening morning of the Battle of the Somme (1 June 1916).
Overall, the war killed roughly 10,000 men per day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, for over four years.
The world is still paying the price.
"We moved our base camp last night and were now positioned literally
within feet of the river. Have been sitting here watching the border
patrol patrolling in their riverboats all night and all morning..."
Hmm...rivers of blood? Of course, with the tower all I’m thinking about is the Tudors, not WWI.
It IS striking, though.
So poignant! Thank you for sharing.
Ha! Me too!
WWI was the impossibly bloody form a soldiers perspective. I thank God that war has changed. The sacrifice of these men was incredible and the conditions unimaginable. The toll from that war echoes today—and so Europe is dying demographically.
And just think we average 5000 abortions in the US each day since 1973. This impressive memorial represents 0.015 of that toll.
Excerpt from site:
.... As dreamed up by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red flows out of the window and into the Tower's moat, a seemingly endless stream of crimson.
Cummins told the Guardian the installation's name was inspired by the words he found in the will of a fallen solider: "I don't know his name or where he was buried or anything about him.
But this line he wrote, when everyone he knew was dead and everywhere around him was covered in blood, jumped out at me:
'The blood-swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread.'"
The last poppy will be "planted" November 11, the date WWI ended and the poppies will be available for purchase.
Awesome. You should see, if you haven’t, the Rememberance Day ceremony from the Albert Hall. Very moving. Poppies galore. Great hymns, like I Vow To Thee My Country.
Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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Don't fool yourself.
It will be changing back before it's all over.
Yet, as a Brit, I have to read so many Americans, on FR and elsewhere, telling me seriously that they saved Britain’s behind in 1917 (and 1940).