CERAMIC POPPIES RAISE FUNDS
AT TOWER OF LONDON
The red sea of flowers was part of the art installation titled 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' by artist Paul Cummins. 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies were hand-made by the artist, with each poppy representing a British military fatality in World War I.
The poppies were then scattered on the moat of the Tower of London and displayed publicly as a powerful anti-war statement and an effort to raise awareness of WWI.
Reportedly, over 5 million people came to see the exhibition, and the
poppies were later sold for £25, collecting an estimated £23 million to
raise money for various charities related to armed forces.