Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is not, as some American readers might imagine, the title of an apocalyptic post in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States… In fact, it’s got nothing whatsoever to do with America or politics: it’s merely the title of an English work of art.
A rather striking work of art:
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red was an art installation in the moat of the Tower of London for 11 November – Armistice Day – in 2014. The artists responsible were Paul Cummins (the ceramic poppies) and Tom Piper (the setting design) and the installation consisted of 888,246 red ceramic poppies, one each for the British fatalities in World War I.
You might also like: ⇒ Tower of London Remembers (more information about Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red) ⇒ For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon ⇒ Why We Wear Poppies on Remembrance Day (Imperial War Museum) ⇒ In Flanders Fields by John McRae ⇒ Poppy Appeal (Royal British Legion)