martes, 11 de noviembre de 2014

Poppy memorial at the Tower of London - by numbers

The Tower of London poppy installation has proved hugely popular, attracting millions of visitors so far, with many more to come. Here are the facts behind the awe-inspiring display

In the 98 days since the first of the 888,246 ceramic poppies was planted at the Tower of London, the installation has become a focal point of Britain's remembrance events in this, the 100th anniversary year of the start of the First World War.
The installation, named Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, consists of one poppy for each British and colonial life lost during the conflict.
It was created by the ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper.
An estimated four million people are believed to have visited the display and floodlights were kept on during the nights leading up to Armistice Day to allow more visitors to see the installation.
"We always hoped the installation would capture the public imagination yet we could not predict the level of support we have received," said former army chief General Richard Dannatt, now the Constable of the Tower of London.


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