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Tower of London poppy creators to receive honours

The creators of the spectacular sea of poppies that engulfed the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War will be honoured today.

The creators of the successful Tower of London poppy installation will receive their MBEs today. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Sculptor Paul Cummins, 37, and theatre designer Tom Piper, 50, will receive MBEs from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace in recognition of the immensely popular 'Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red'.

The artists previously met William, along with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in August when the royals toured the powerful display of 888,246 ceramic poppies that progressively filled the moat at the Tower - one for each British or Colonial military death during the First World War.

Mr Cummins, from Chesterfield, receives his MBE for services to art and First World War commemorations. Mr Piper, from London, receives his for services to theatre and First World War commemorations.


Bank fines to fund Tower of London poppy tour

The Weeping Willow and the Wave will stay on display until the end of November.

Penalty fines paid by banks over the Libor rate rigging scandal will be used to fund a tour of the Tower of London poppies across the UK until 2018.

From next week many of the ceramic poppies will be dismantled before being sent to buyers who have paid £25 each for them.

But part of the installation, the Weeping Willow and the Wave, will remain until the end of the month before being sent on tour.

The wave of poppies at the Tower of London.

Chancellor George Osborne said £500,000 of Libor fines would be used "to ensure that people across the country will be able to see this moving tribute over the next four years".

He added: "It's only right that fines from those who have demonstrated the very worse of values should go to support those who have shown the best of British values."

Helicopter photo reveals poppies at Tower of London

A photograph taken onboard a Metropolitan Police Service helicopter has revealed the dramatic scale of the sea of poppies around the Tower of London.

Visitors hoping to see the Tower of London poppies are being urged to stay up late or get up before dawn. Tower officials have decided to leave floodlights switched on until midnight.

Helicopter photo reveals poppies at Tower of London. Credit: MPS


'No plans' to extend poppy display at Tower of London

Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation that looks after the Tower of London, has said it has no plans to extend the poppy display at the landmark despite its huge popularity.

In a statement, the charity said:

We have been overwhelmed by the support from the public for ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, our installation of ceramic poppies in the moat at the Tower of London.

It has always been intended that the poppies will be in place until 11 November 2014 and after this time they will be cleaned and sent out to all those that have purchased them.

The transience of the installation is key to the artistic concept, with the dispersal of the poppies into hundreds of thousands of homes marking the final phase of this evolving installation.

We are currently planning further ways in which the Tower of London will be marking the coming years of the centenary and the legacy of the poppies in the moat.

– Historic Royal Palaces
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