All at once I saw a crowd,
A crowd of tourists to Hull,
Around lego daffodils and metal poppies they mull.
The poppies started life at the Tower of London in 2014. 2014 marked 100 years since the start of World War One. The moat of the Tower of London was filled with individual ceramic poppies. Each of the poppies symbolised one military death, during world war 1, startling to consider there were 888,246 (numbers based on 2010 audit of Commonwealth graves) and that was just the military deaths during World War One from Britain. Each day whilst the installation in the Tower of London the names of the dead that the poppies represented were read out. These individual poppies where sold for charity.
In addition to the poppies in the moat there was also an installation called Weeping Window, which was a cascade of poppies that appeared to pour from one of the castle windows into the most. I never got to see the installations at the Tower of London, alas for the benefit of myself and others the Weeping Window has been touring the country since it’s departure from the Tower of London. I first saw the installation draped over a bridge, appearing to pour into a river at the Yorkshire Sculpture park in November 2015. It is currently in Hull and due later this year to visit; Southend on Sea, Plymouth, Derby, Belefast and Cardiff.
Poppies are symbolic of the First World War due to a poem called Flander’s fields. Flanders fields describes how in the deviation in Flanders of dug up earth for soldiers graves the first flower to flower we’re bright red poppies a symbol of life from death.