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Breathtaking Photos of the Tower of London Adorned with 888,246 Ceramic Poppies to Commemorate WWI

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To honor the centennial of Britain’s beginnings in World War I, a pair of artist teamed up to work on an incredible installation, which you can see in these stunning photographs.

Titled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” the display was put together by artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, and when it’s all said and done it will consist of 888,246 red ceramic poppies surrounding the dry moat of the Tower of London. Each of the individual flowers represents a British or Colonial Military fatality.

The construction of the piece is being done by a number of volunteers over the course of the summer and is already well on its way to completion. The final flower will symbolically be set in its resting place on November 11th, Remembrance Day for the Commonwealth.

Below are images released by the Historic Royal Palaces showing the breathtaking display in progress:

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To read more about the installation, you can head on over to the Historic Royal Palaces website by clicking here. You can also keep an eye on the progress of the piece in pictures by following the hashtag #TowerPoppies on Twitter.

(via Colossal)


Image credits: Photographs courtesy of the Historic Royal Palaces