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Updated: Nov 15, 2018

If you're like me, you've seen loads of pictures of the Tower of London with red flowers all around it. And, although it looks pretty, you have no idea what this is for or that the flowers aren't real.

Until I went and visited the site, I had no idea that this is actually an evolving art installation. It's called "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red." The title comes from an unknown solider's poem. The poppies are porcelain and encircle the Tower of London's famous moat. From 5th August, marking one hundred years since the the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War, there will be a total of 888,246 poppies "planted." One for every British military fatality during the war.


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