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YSP Poppies Wave

Having seen the poppies installation ‘Blood swept lands and seas of red’ at the Tower of London in 2014, I was keen to visit the Wave installation at YSP. This runs from 5.9.15 – 10.01.16 so we decided to avoid the opening weekend and go early this morning. I have never seen YSP so busy – even the overflow car park was looking full.

YSP Poppies Wave Paul Cummins and Tom Piper
YSP Poppies Wave Paul Cummins and Tom Piper

The poppies are ┬ásituated on the bridge of the lower lake and are easy to find by following the map and the well signposted route (there is also a shuttle bus should you need it) – it is about 1km from the top car park. The approach to the poppies is along the water edge and so the reflections are impressive.

Unlike the Tower of London exhibition you can get close to the poppies and so it is easier to get abstract shots but you do have to wait to avoid getting people in your shots – hopefully it will be quieter later on.

Paul Cummins and Tom Piper poppies Paul Cummins and Tom Piper YSP RZ6

Reflections of the poppies in the water draw your eye and seem more poignant for the contrast of the black silhouettes and the bright red poppies.

YSP Poppies Wave
reflections
YSP Poppies Wave
YSP Poppies Wave
YSP Poppies Wave
Vintage effects

YSP Poppies Wave

The original installation

Tower of London Poppies
Tower of London Poppies

If you visited the Tower Poppies it is interesting to see them in a totally different setting and on a totally different scale.

If these images are of any use to my teacher friends within your classroom please feel free x

Tower of London Poppies
Tower of London Poppies
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