November 18th marks the centennial anniversary of the Armistice that brought World War I to an end after four years and three months of conflict. To celebrate this milestone date, London is bringing back it’s massively popular display of ceramic poppies, which originally debuted in 2014 at the Tower of London.
The display is known as “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” and it first appeared across the moat of the Tower of London back in 2014 to mark the beginning of the war. The blood-red ceramic poppies spilled from the tower’s walls and across the moat, lighting up the celebrated landmark typically known for its drudging grayness. There were 888,246 poppies in total, one representing each British or Colonial soldier who lost their life in WWI. The exhibit proved immensely popular with both Londoners and tourists, drawing over five million visitors.
After the showing, the majority of the ceramic poppies were auctioned off to the public, with proceeds benefiting a number of military charities. Those that weren’t auctioned became a part of two separate exhibits, titled “Wave” and “Weeping Window.” “Wave” will be displayed at Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, and “Weeping Willow” will be on display at the Imperial War Museum in London from October 5th through November 18th.
Even if you can’t make it to London before mid-November, there’s a chance you’ll be able to catch the display in the future. “Weeping Willow” has been gifted to the museum, and while the original showing only lasts for six weeks, there’s a possibility that there will be a permanent exhibit at some point down the line. Not only would this give the Imperial War Museum in London one of its most brightest exhibits, it would continually serve as a way to remember and honor those who gave their lives fighting for the Allies.
H/T: Secret London