On 17 July 2014, artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper marked the centenary of Britain entering the First World War by opening the art installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red (above). For this, the duo filled the Tower of London’s moat with 888,246 ceramic, handmade poppies – one for each British military fatality during the war.
The installation proved so popular that two smaller versions – Weeping Window and Wave – have spent the next four years touring the UK. Now as the poppies reach the final stops on the 14-18 Now tour, here are eight of our favourite photos from the red flowers on location…
1. CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth
This 1924 memorial on the iconic Plymouth Hoe hosted Wave in 2017.
2. Caernarfon Castle, Gwynedd
Weeping Window’s Welsh debut saw thousands of poppies spill from the battlements.
3. Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland
The 55-foot Heapstead colliery wheel swapped coal for poppies in 2015.
4. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
In 2015, a Wave of crimson rose from YSP’s historic Lower Lake.
5. St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney
The poppies debuted in Scotland on the isle of Orkney, which is the former home of the Navy’s Grand Fleet.
6. Hull Maritime Museum, Yorkshire
Weeping Window visited Hull Maritime Museum during the northern city’s stint as UK City of Culture 2017.
7. Barge Pier, Southend-On-Sea
Wave hit Barge Pier in Shoeburyness where many First World War British guns were designed.
8. Imperial War Museum North, Manchester
The final stop on the 14-18 Now tour sees the Wave pour forth from Daniel Liebeskind’s iconic museum building.
Read about the full history of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance in the issue 204 of Discover Britain.