The little boy who stood in front of me turned to his mum and said, “All of these people died in one war?”
Each of the 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the moat of the Tower of London represents a British military fatality during the First World War.
If you can get to the Tower before the installation starts to be dismantled on the 12th, go.
While the Weeping Willow and the Wave segments will remain at the Tower until the end of November, they are two small elements of what is an incredibly moving piece of art and heritage, best appreciated in full.
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, created by ceramics artist Paul Cummins with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, is at the Tower of London until the 11th of November. The poppies are flood lit from 4.30am until midnight so visit outside of peak times to avoid the crowds.