LONDON, February 12, 2014 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- As London's venues prepare for a raft of events in 2014 to commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Tower of London has announced plans to mark the occasion with a major art installation and programme of events. The Tower of London is one of London's most popular tourist attractions. It is located near Tower Bridge and is surrounded by hotels, bars and restaurants to suit every budget. For visitors hoping to find a hotel in London, the LondonTown.com website is an essential port of call as it contains the latest information on room rates at thousands of hotels, including those close to the historic Tower Of London.
Over nearly 1000 years of history, this international icon has been a home to royalty, a fortress, a prison and a zoo. It also has a long association with the armed forces – the famous Beefeaters are all former soldiers who work at the Tower after having retired from Army life. During the First World War, the Tower was used as a place to train British soldiers and imprison German ones. It was also used as a place of execution for German spies. This history will be remembered in the form of a collaboration between ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper, who will create an installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies – one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war - to be unveiled on 5 August 2014, one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War.
The poppies, a symbol of remembrance in the UK, will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a powerful visual commemoration but also an inspiring setting for performance and educational events, as well as providing a space for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary. A programme of events will accompany the installation, which will remain until 11 am on 11 November 2014.
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