Tower of London

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I have a soft spot for the Tower of London because I used to go here every day. When I first arrived and worked in London my office, we’ll call it an office, was just across the road. I say “not an office” because it was literally in the basement of the old royal mint building and as a substitute for windows we had these lovely faux windows made of frosted glass that were illuminated by a bright fluorescent light to mimic sunshine. The effect was not so great.
In my recent trip back I headed back to the old stomping ground to see the poppy installation. Holy wow. 888,246 ceramic poppies are strategically placed around the moat of the Tower as a sign of remembrance for all the fatalities in the British War. I tip my hat to artist Paul Cummins, you did good sir.
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  1. October 17, 2014 / 2:30 am

    I never quite understand the point of faux windows.I once stayed in a hostel which had a faux window on the roof which displayed an illuminated photo of clouds ….

    Wow! That poppy installation is so cool!


  2. October 17, 2014 / 6:03 am

    Woah that's awesome! I have a photo of ToL from last August with pretty purple flowers in front of it, nothing like this though. Wish it was only a train ride away!

  3. October 17, 2014 / 8:10 am

    WHHHAAAAT. Your faux windows sound way better than mine.

  4. October 17, 2014 / 8:10 am

    Oh really had they started putting them out? It's pretty intense seeing them all isn't it!!

  5. October 17, 2014 / 8:11 am

    It's great they change it up… I think it can be a bit of a "forgotten" bit of London.

  6. October 17, 2014 / 9:51 am

    incredible!! I have been seeing this pop up on the news etc and I would desperately love to see the installation in the flesh.

  7. October 17, 2014 / 11:13 am

    Ahhh that looks so incredible!! Really fantastic idea.

  8. October 18, 2014 / 4:36 am

    wow this looks amazing!

  9. October 18, 2014 / 11:22 am

    I saw this installation on another blog – it looks amazing, and really moving I think!

  10. October 18, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Oh this looks incredibly gorgeous and moving. Do you know if this will still be around in December?

  11. October 20, 2014 / 8:37 am

    It is quite amazing… it finished Mid November, but then they usually put a small ice skating ring in it's place so that might be there instead?

  12. October 20, 2014 / 8:39 am

    It smacks you right in the face when you see it!

  13. October 20, 2014 / 8:40 am

    You can buy the poppies as a keepsake as well!

  14. October 20, 2014 / 8:41 am

    Oh really? It's hard to photograph but really impressive in person.

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