The completion of the installation, titled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, will mark one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the war.
All photos by Richard Lea-Hair
Over 8,000 volunteers from across the UK will install the poppies, with the last one being planted on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014. The poppies will surround the London landmark, creating an incredible expanse of shimmering red around the Tower. The sheer scale and visual depth will not only impress all of you art types, but also serve as a unmatched symbol of reflection on such a significant date (important for all of you other types AND you art types).
At sunset each evening until Armistice Day, names of 180 Commonwealth troops killed during the war will be recited as part of a Roll of Honour, followed by the Last Post. You can go ahead and nominate a name for the Roll of Honour using a weekly ‘first come, first served’ system as well. So if you have a long lost relative who fought for the world you live in, then his name will be read out the week after you put it forward for a mention.
The memorial doesn't end at the moat, as the Flint tower will also be hosting an exhibition detailing the role the Tower played during the war.
Each ceramic poppy in the installation is now available to buy for £25. All proceeds, plus a guaranteed 10% from every poppy sold, will be shared equally among six service charities.
For more information and to check out the charities which will benefit from the project, head over to the website.