Words and images: Neda Dorudi
As we approach the end of 2014, reflect and remember, one of the events we will all find hard to forget is the Poppies at the Tower of London.
888, 246 poppies progressively filled the grounds of the Tower of London, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. A poignant reminder of the bravery of those who fought to give future generations a better world. The poppies represent the blood that swept lands, the blood of so many valiant soldiers who sacrificed so much.
The poppies were the creation of artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, and it really was quite an amazing achievement. I first visited Tower Hill when only half the poppies were laid, and when I went back at the beginning of November I was amazed at how striking it was.
The Tower’s moat was a sea of red, and how clever that they had poppies dropping from the Tower’s windows as though a fountain of blood. It did not matter how early you got there, there were a constant flow of people all there to take a look and take that picture which of course will tell its own story.
Eventually when they started being removed, volunteers were shifting around 75,000 poppies per day; the removal process started 12 November. Quite a few of these ceramic poppies were sold, possibly as many as 200 thousand, and proceeds forwarded to charitable organisations.
I think this will hold its place in the passage of time and remembrance, the ceramic poppies at Tower Hill London 2014; another moment London and the city’s visitors will never forget.