Creators of centenary poppies memorial in line for honours

Creators of centenary poppies memorial in line for honours
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Exactly 888,246 china poppies have famously filled the Tower of London's moat over past weeks, in commemoration of our war dead. Now the two men responsible for the stunning project have been recommended to receive OBEs.

The good news was reported just days after the placement of the final poppy on Armistice Day, by 13-year-old army cadet Harry Hayes.

Tom Piper, the set designer of the overall piece, and Paul Cummins, who designed the poppies themselves, would both receive the accolade for their services to the arts.

Paul was inspired by the line from an anonymous serviceman's poem; which described "the blood-swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread."

Tom then began work on the Weeping Window (a cascade of poppies from one of the Tower's windows) and the Wave (a surge of poppies by the entrance). These two pieces will now tour the UK before taking up permanent residence in our Imperial War Museums.

'The blood-swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread'

This moving memorial of those who gave their lives for us in the First World War has already touched many hearts. The news that its creators are in line for royal honours is a poignant, yet deserving, development.

For more on the commemoration of the First World War Centenary, visit www.1914.org