Week 21: Planting Poppies… (“Blood Swept lands and Seas of Red”)

An unusual week where I volunteered at the Tower of London to help plant (a few hundred) ceramic Poppies made and designed by Paul Cummins in remembrance of the British military deaths 100 years ago during World War One in an evolving art work which is entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”.

To volunteer for a four-hour shift and plant poppies, go online and apply…

The spectacular view from the public walkways across the moat first thing in the morning, before we had started our planting shift.

The spectacular view from the public walkways across the moat first thing in the morning, before we had started our planting shift.

From the distance of the public walkways, it is hard, even with a little bird next to the poppies, to comprehend the scale of this art installation.

From the distance of the public walkways, it is hard, even with a little bird next to the poppies, to comprehend the scale of this art installation.

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From the ground the waterfall looks even more beautiful.

Down with the poppies, looking down towards the River Thames and the Shard.

Down with the poppies, looking down towards the River Thames and the Shard.

Me hammering in the pole before attaching the beautiful ceramic poppy in the moat of the Tower of London.

Me hammering in the pole before attaching the beautiful ceramic poppy in the moat of the Tower of London.

Poppies flowing down from a window into the moat of the Tower of London.

Poppies flowing down from a window into the moat of the Tower of London.

A great photo with a Yeoman of the Guard in the moat.

A great photo with a Yeoman of the Guard in the moat.

Attaching a poppy.

Attaching a poppy.

With other volunteers in the moat.

With other volunteers in the moat.

An amazing opportunity to see the individual art pieces and contribute (in a very small way) to this important and symbolic installation. In boxes of 48 poppies, I lost track of how many I planted but they are expecting to add 50,000 poppies into the moat every week up until every one is in place. They are planning to make, plant (and then sell all) 888, 246 poppies.

Amazing to play a part.

Amazing to play a part.

Amazing to get up so close and personal with the poppies.

Amazing to get up so close and personal with the poppies.

Amazing to see it.

Amazing to have seen it and I can’t wait to return and see how it is looking after more poppies have been planted.

Amazed and humbled.

Strange that there are so many tourists hanging around (and visiting the Tower of London) taking pictures of the poppies (and the volunteers).

 

I wonder how many pictures I appear in (if only they knew) as already I’ve found online me: I’m bent over without bending my knees (in black/grey shorts) planting a poppy.

 

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And again (almost hidden amongst other volunteers with just the top of my head showing):

In someones blog pictures

 

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