Tower Of London World War 1 Poppy 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' Memorial

03/08/2014 19:16 | Updated 04 August 2014
  • The Huffington Post UK

The Tower of London's moat has been turned into a sea of red as part of preparations for the commemoration of 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1.

The installation, "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red", consists of 888,246 ceramic poppies - one for each British military fatality from the conflict.

It will be officially unveiled on 5 August with the final poppy being planted on Armistice Day on November 11.

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  • Moira Cameron the first female to join the Yeoman Warder guards, commonly known as a Beefeaters, walks past as ceramic poppies are placed as part of an art installation in the dry moat of the Tower of London.
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  • Ceramic poppies are placed as part of an art installation.
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  • People look at ceramic poppies forming part of an art installation.
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  • Ceramic poppies forming part of an art installation stand laid out in the dry moat of the Tower of London.
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  • A man looks at ceramic poppies.
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  • An evolving art installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins at the Tower of London, as the Historic Royal Palaces, Tower of London, prepares to mark the centenary of World War I.

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