5 August – 11 November 2014
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
Our evolving installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively filled the Tower’s famous moat.
Tower poppy artwork to tour the UK
Two major features of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation, the Weeping Window and Wave, will travel to a number of locations around the UK from 2015.
Watch the making
of the installation
An exhibition in the Flint Tower with extraordinary photographs and films from 1914 shows how the Tower was used for in the recruitment, deployment and training of soldiers and also became, once again, a place of execution.
The Roll of Honour
Every evening during the installation, the Last Post was played at sunset. Members of the Commonwealth forces who were killed in the First World War were nominated to have their name read out in this nightly ceremony.
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