The commemorative installation of poppies in the Tower of Londonâ€™s moat
attracted millions of visitors and when I went I was awed by the scale and drama. The artist who created the installation was Paul Cummins and he called his work: Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red.
Controversy over the Tower of London’s poppies
Sadly, there was some criticism of the idea. One commentator in The Guardian described it as â€œFake, trite and inward looking.â€ He also felt that for it to be a meaningful representation it should be gory, vile and terrible to see. Personally, I donâ€™t agree with his sentiments.
While the 888,246 poppies represented each of the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in WW1, the display was emblematic rather than inward-looking. Those who fell deserve a stirring and beautiful memorial. Something gory and vile just would not have attracted so many people.
Those who gave their lives should be remembered
I donâ€™t agree with war but I do believe that those who gave their lives should be remembered and thanked for their bravery. We should also remember that hate, greed, arrogance and bigotry are the enemies of a peaceful existence.
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