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Grass turning red at The Tower of London

Grass Clippings - Tower of London PoppiesYou could not have missed the massive media attention and iconic images of the ceramic poppies covering the moat at The Tower of London

The art installation, created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, have installed 888,246 ceramic poppies in the Tower's famous moat over the summer. 

Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.  They were offered for sale to individuals online and all of them have now been sold and raised millions of pounds which will be shared equally amongst six service charities.

The major art installation entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War.

The poppies encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation reflects the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.  Millions of visitors have filed around the moat to the extent that organisers asked people to stay away.  People still came in their tens of thousands.

Now we are in full support of this great project but we do wonder what has happened to the grass underneath the art installation.  It does not look like the grass was killed off in advance of the poppies and we assume that the complete moat will require re seeding once all the poppies have been removed.  Major job but well worth it.

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