I have a few more pieces to make this year for an exhibition in the Autumn. Thank you for all your kind comments about ‘Take Time to Smell the Roses‘.
|The very last poppy in the moat|
The night before a last dashed email had been sent out asking for a final batch of volunteers to clear and tidy up the moat, ‘reply if you can make it’. I rearranged things and replied “YES”.
Friday was a beautiful day and the sun was shining. Perfect. The volunteers were split into teams to tackle the last two areas of poppies. I was first tasked to clear the poppies from around the pet cemetery near Traitors Gate.
|The view from the path before the poppies were removed|
|The processing boxes & tables and the poppies at the base of the distant tower|
|It was so strange when the tourists started flocking and photographing us doing the clearing up|
|One of the first pets to be buried on the pet cemetery|
|The Poppies and their stems were dismantled. Poppies carefully placed into boxes|
|After the clear-up|
Following the clear up we moved to the moat at Cradle Tower where the last poppy was picked by the youngest and eldest volunteer.
|The youngest and eldest volunteer and the last poppy: Eileen (82) and Alexandria (18)|
|There is more money than you think.|
|Some coins have left their mark|
|Found Objects – thrown down by tourists, collected and displayed in the moat|
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.
Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 88,246 ceramic poppies have slowly filled the Tower’s famous moat over the summer, the last poppy being planted on the 11th November 2014 as part of the Armistice Remembrance Day. Each poppy representing a British and Commonwealth military fatality during WW1.
I visited on a day when the sun was shining. It was a sight to behold seeing a glinting sea of red. The expanse of the installation is breathtaking and quite moving when one thinks of its significance.
Dismantling of the display will start after Armistice. A portion of the installation will tour the UK and later go on display at London’s Imperial War Museum. Each poppy has been sold off to raise funds for Service and Military Charities.
Here are some of the images from the Tower of London.
|Each poppy sits on a metal stake, placed firmly in the soft earth|
|The Wave Display|
|A glinting Sea of Red|
|The second of two Weeping displays|
|One of the two Weeping displays|
|Poppies laid on the ground|
|Volunteers laying the last few poppies|