Tower of London poppies only tell a tiny part of the war story

By staff writers
November 12, 2014

Quakers have created a map showing how much of London's poppy art installation would cover if it represented those from all nations who were killed in the First World War.

London's 'Blood Swept Lands and Sea of Red' has been a major tourist success, and is due to continue week past this week's Remembrance events and centenary of the 1914 war.

Created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, the installation features 888,246 ceramic poppies: one for each of the British and Colonial fatalities of the conflict

The poppies fill the whole moat of the Tower, but those who wish to remember the whole story say that it is tragically incomplete as a representation of the true horror of war.

What if it depicted the total number of people from every country killed in the war – soldiers and civilians, allies and enemies, not just the UK and colonial dead alone?

To highlight the true situation, the Quakers have created an interactive map which shows 19.5 million poppies flowing out of the Tower along both banks of the Thames as far south-west as Millbank. It goes around parliament and up the Mall to Buckingham Palace, reports the Guardian newspaper.

* View the map here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/06/-sp-what-would-the-tower-of...?

* Quakers in Britain: http://www.quaker.org.uk/

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