To commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, an exhibition entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre designer Tom Piper. It has truly captured the heart of a nation, having been visited by more than four million people, equating to about 70,000 people a day. While a spectacular vision, it also masks the tragedy of war. Each of the 888,246 poppies represents a British or Colonial soldier’s life lost in World War I. With today being the Armastice, it seemed fitting to put the photos up that my mum took when she visited recently.
Thank you. Is there one image that speaks to you more than the others?
yes ~ 3 actually- the second one and the last two– for me are very powerful~
Wow! That’s amazing! Thanks for sharing.
I hope I get the chance to go too. Just to experience it in person as it much be so powerful and poignant.
Hells bells. That’s fantastic. I’ve got a couple of uncles represented in there.
It was supposed to end today but has been extended due to the phenomenal demand. You could even buy a poppy from the exhibition. A very fitting tribute all round.
Amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this.
I’m really glad you liked it. It really looks an amazing exhibition.
Personally, I think it should stay as a permenant reminder: it being removed smacks a little of ‘let’s remember today, and get back to fighting again tomorrow.’
Thanks for the pics.
I agree. Gr8at pics, Alex.
Thanks Wendell. It is a wonderful exhibiton and my mum managed to capture it really well.
Well the poppys will crack in the weather and they have been sold off to make money for charities, but there is part of me that would love it to stay.
Thanks Rob. My mum is really talented.
She had you, didnt she? 😉
Ha! Thank you.
It must be so astonishing up close. So much dreadful loss of life in that war. Or any, i guess.
These are great!
When my mum showed them to me I just knew I had to put them up.
Aha! I wondered who took the photos! You’re mum is a great photographer! 😀
With my mum and Madeleine being so good I have no excuse for not being inspired!
Wow I have never seen so many of those flowers! I love the second from the last one!
The whole concept of the poppy as rememberance came from a poem by John McCrae. What a legacy to leave behind.
Totally. I enjoyed seeing that.
I am so glad you showed a close up of the poppies in the water. I wondered, since someone else posted about this wonderful, poignant (emotional) display. The total number is incredibly sad of how many lives were lost, Alex. I would love to go inside this and see the art exhibit, in person. thanks for this post!
I hope to see it too. If it is striking in photos, it must be even more incredible in person.
They are all very nice; my favourite is # 7
So glad you liked it.
Wow. This is really, really cool. Another great set of photos from your mom!
She takes so many great ones. I wish I’d got to see it. It must have been really moving in person.
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This is very powerful. Thanks for sharing the link.
Was happy to. It really connected with the people.