Trench of blood and poppies

The poppy memorial to the dead of WWI around the Tower of London.

The poppy memorial to the dead of WWI around the Tower of London.

Among the most moving, impressive and beautiful temporary memorials in recent years is the flood of blood poppies in the moat around the Tower of London. Conceived by artist Peter Cummins to honor the sacrifice of Britons who died in World War I (1914-1918), the 888,246 ceramic poppies will continue at the Tower until the end of this month, to be reinstalled in cities around Great Britain through 2018 and then installed permanently at the Imperial War Museum. (Please don’t let the politically correct pressure the folks at 10 Downing St. to change that name!) The Telegraph’s package, including a time-lapse of the poppies’ glowing evolution under the revolution, so to speak, of the sun, features several memorable photographs. The lovely photo above comes from The Guardian.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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