Last sunday was Remembrance day and my husband and I went to check out the solemn happenings in London. It has been 100 years since the start of the first world war and the last year has been marked by several events and performances taking this into account. The latest is an art installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummings. He was inspired by the will of a serviceman that died in Flanders fields. He described what he saw as ” blood-swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread”. 888,246 poppies were made and put into the moat surrounding the Tower of London. To think that each one represents a person from Britain and Commonwealth that died in the first world war is still beyond comprehension but it certainly puts it all in perspective, for me anyway. We went by the Tower of London and joined the crowds to see the poppies before they were taken down. I have to say it’s probably one of the most emotional and beautiful art installations that I’ve ever been to. Even though there were hundreds of people around the area, it seemed like we were united, there for the same reason and were respectful of that. Did you go to see the poppies at the Tower of London? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
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