Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red comprises of 888,236 individually hand-made poppies planted in the moat of The Tower to represent a British military fatality during the First World War.
As well as a stunning visual reminder of the vast numbers of lives lost in the war, the site is meant to a place of reflection and contemplation. Due to the massive crowds, I think the message behind the instillation may have been lost somewhat. When I visited there was a fair amount of people pushing and jostling to get the best photo opportunity (not that I think people shouldn't take photos, it's just that respects need to be paid as well). However, my sister was there when the names of the dead were read out and the last post of played, and she said there was a distinctive respectful and sombre atmosphere.
|'The Weeping Window'|
I do feel lucky to have seen this tribute. When I think that each one of these ceramic poppies represents the loss of a life, it really makes an impact on me about the scale of this war and the importance of not forgetting.