One of the most poignant and colourful sights of 2014 has to be the major art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London. Marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War, 888,246 ceramic poppies have progressively filled the Tower's famous moat over the summer. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
The poppies encircled the iconic landmark, creating a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower and a location for personal reflection. The ceramic poppy installation creates a powerful visual commemoration.
This weekend volunteers began removing the hand-made ceramic poppies and the sale of the ceramic poppies will aid six service charities in the UK.