It is estimated that over 4 million people have visited The Tower of London to view the amazing art installation of ceramic poppies entitled ‘Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ by ceramic artist Paul Cummins. Today, to mark Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, the final poppy will be planted and the final roll of honour will be read. There will be a moment of silence at 11:00 am, following the firing of 21 gun shots.
Volunteers have spent months installing the handmade poppies – one for each British and Commonwealth soldier who died in WWI. It has been a powerful message of remembrance for the nation and the world, one that we will all remember forever. Rarely has any art installation drawn such crowds or illicited such a powerful response as this one, for the anniversary of the start of World War I.
The poppies will be removed from tomorrow and it will take until the end of November – so there is still a chance to see the poppies. Thousands of the poppies will go on tour and will then make their permanent home in the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester.
The remaining poppies have been sold for £25 each – with all net proceeds going to charities Help for Heroes and the Royal Britsh Legion. They were so popular that they sold out some time ago and it is estimated that they will raise more than £15 million.
The Fableists will donate £4 for each one of our ‘Make Art Not War’ t-shirts that are sold today in our shop or our web site to the Poppy Appeal. Details are here.