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