The evolving installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, was unveiled on 5 August 2014; one hundred years since the first full day of Britainâ€™s involvement in the First World War.
Entitled â€˜Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Redâ€™, the installation is being created in the Towerâ€™s famous dry moat. It will continue to grow throughout the summer until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British or Colonial military fatality during the war.
The poppies will encircle the Tower, creating not only a spectacular display, but also an inspiring setting for learning activities, as well as providing a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation reflects the magnitude of such an important centenary, creating a powerful visual commemoration.
The first poppy was planted by YS Crawford Butler, the oldest serving of the site’s Yeoman Warders (popularly known as Beefeaters) back in June.