Pin your WW1 poppy to online map
People who bought a ceramic poppy from the ‘Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red’ installation at tthe Tower of London (pictured)d) are being invited to ‘pin’ it on an online map.
Five million people visited the installation, which was staged in 2014 to mark 100 years since the start of World War One. It comprised 888,246 poppies, representing every British and colonial serviceman killed in the war.
After Remembrance Day that year the public could buy the ceramic poppies for £25 each, raising over £15 million for six service charities. The new campaign, called ‘Where are the poppies now?’ ( www. wherearethepoppiesnow.org. uk), aims to show how far and wide the poppies have since travelled, and lets people explain why and for whom they bought them.
When you visit the site, it recognises your location, and highlights poppies other people have pinned nearby. You can share the location of your poppy through Twitter and Facebook.
The project has been created by 14-18 NOW, an arts programme to commemorate World War One. Its director Jenny Waldman said: “The poppies have touched the lives of so many, it would be wonderful if all the owners around the world came and planted their digital poppy, creating an invaluable archive for the future”. She added that the site is “reuniting” the poppies, which will never be “physically together” again.
Artist Paul Cummins, who with designer Tom Piper created the work, said: “The project really brings the installation full circle for me. I think it will bring back many memories of the installation”.