After yesterdays post, a little background information, on both the installation and the Tower of London.
The poppies were planted by teams of volunteers,
It must have been an operation planned with military precision.
It would have been an overwhelming task without a master plan.
(and surely packing them all up again is going to be harder?
Although that warm fuzzy glow, of feeling part of something special, is the thing that keeps volunteers coming back for more
My favourite shot form our day (29th August) is poppies with shadows. War casts very long shadows.
There was something about the mottling effect of the shadows that reminded me of the solar eclipse in the UK, in 1998, another event I found more emotional than I anticipated.
It was quite early in the installations development when we visited, whilst I’d read about it in the press, there wasn’t the wall to wall coverage there has been in the media this week. So a gripe for us at the time was that there weren’t enough information boards
Some might call it a theatrical event rather than artistic installation, the weeping window has caught the public imagination.
However I did think a bit of ‘set dressing’ might have been in order, when I sold flowers for a living, including poppies, we never let the viewer see the mechanics of our arrangements. I thought the scaffolding pole, lump of timber and blob of foam holding the cascade in place could have benefited from being hidden by a couple of yards of fabric and some cable ties.
But working in a place as ancient, historic and protected as this, must come with scores of problems. You can’t go around damaging or changing the fabric of such a place, well not these days, you could in the past.
We found it both moving and reverential, but there were, if you looked very closely, little witticisms to be found. What I thought was a can of Coke on a window ledge, turned out to be (when seen with the aid of a long lens) a Beefeater cookie jar, placed just for fun.
Beefeater or Yeoman Warders as they are more properly known, do have something of a sense of fun, see below (and be careful if you are drinking tea whilst watching, you’ll splutter it all over the keyboard).