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Poppies

A sea of poppies

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war, British artists created a unique piece of installation art.

From July to November 2014, in the moat of the Tower of London, volunteers under the artists’ direction planted 888,246 ceramic poppies, one for each British or colonial soldier fallen in the War.

Volunteers

By Oosoom at English Wikipedia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The work was inspired by a poem written by a soldier in the Great War. No, not “In Flanders Fields”, which is well known in Canada, but a poem that starts with:

The blood swept lands and seas of red
Where angels dare to tread

It’s that image that the artists wanted to represent with this sea of read poppies in downtown London.

By Diesel Bob (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Diesel Bob (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

After the exhibit, all the poppies were sold  for the benefit of six charities that help veterans.

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