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Poppy exhibition to go on tour

Date Posted: 10/11/14

Poppy exhibition to go on tour

Visitors to the Tower of London have been admiring the now internationally renowned exhibition Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which has seen the entirety of the venue's grassy grounds overcome with crimson ceramic poppies.

Although the artist Paul Cummins had originally intended the installation of 888,246 flowers to be sold off after armistice day (November 11th) it has been announced that two crucial segments will go on a nationwide tour so that the entire country can see the majesty of the artwork.

A full schedule has yet to be announced, but it is anticipated that the tour will last until 2018 before the pieces are put on permanent display at the Imperial War Museums in London and Manchester.

The piece has proven to be incredibly popular with the British public, with calls from senior politicians for the whole exhibition to be extended so that more people can witness it. As it is, the "weeping window" and "wave" segments will remain at the Tower until the end of November.

"By displaying parts of the installation around the country and then permanently in the Imperial War Museum, we have ensured that this poignant memorial will be saved for the nation," commented prime minister David Cameron.

"I'm keen to explore whether we can keep the exhibition open for longer, to give as many people as possible the chance to glimpse something so incredible, whilst easing the pressure on numbers," added Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Floodlights have been added to the exhibition so that more people are able to witness its splendour in the evenings. Some four million people are estimated to have come to the Tower of London to view the poppies, with high profile appearances from Britain's Royal Family and the cast of West End smash hit War Horse, among others.

Posted by Vikki Stathers

London Tourism News

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