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Posted on Fri 8th Aug, 2014 in: Influence, Public Relations by Tim Downs

There have been a great number of pictures taken of the carpet of poppies blanketing the lawn outside the Tower of London to mark The Centenary of the First World War. Undoubtedly, as their numbers swell to the eventual target of over 800,000, one for every British soldier who died, there will be many more, but this early one from the beginning of the week remains one of the best. There can be fewer more recognisable symbols than the poppy and 'Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red' by the artist Paul Cummins, manages to tell a story, be poignant and be uplifting at the same time. We don't know where the idea for this came from, whether it began as an art installation, a PR idea or simply someone's inspiration, but it is fantastic, with a great sense of ambition, scale and more importantly occasion. And after the installation has run its course you can buy the flowers to donate to charities of servicemen and women here.

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