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    Posted on Oct 1, 2014

    Tower Poppies Are Transformed By Night

    The installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London is being illuminated at night to spectacular effect.

    Historic Royal Palaces/ Richard Lea-Hair

    The installation “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” is created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins with setting by stage designer Tom Piper.

    Historic Royal Palaces / Richard Lea-Hair

    Each of the 888,246 ceramic poppies represents a British life lost in the First World War.

    Historic Royal Palaces / Richard Lea-Hair

    The installation will continue to grow until 11 November when the last poppy will be planted. The poppies will start to be removed the following day.

    Historic Royal Palaces / Richard Lea-Hair

    Thousands of volunteers have helped plant the poppies with thousands more needed to remove them.

    Historic Royal Palaces / Richard Lea-Hair

    Every night at twilight a Roll of Honour is read.

    Historic Royal Palaces / Richard Lea-Hair

    180 publicly submitted names from the Commonwealth forces who died in the First World War are read by a Yeoman Warder or guest speaker.

    Historic Royal Palaces / Richard Lea-Hair

    At the end of the Roll of Honour the Last Post is played.

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