Pin your WW1 poppy to on­line map

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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”.

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