Tower of London poppies artist honoured by university

Poppies at the Tower of London

Poppies at the Tower of London. Image by Boss Tweed / CC BY 2.0

The artist behind the Tower of London poppies installation is to be honoured by a university for his work. Paul Cummins, who was appointed MBE in the New Year Honours, is being made an Honorary Master of Arts. The BBC reports that Mr Cummins revealed that he drew inspiration for the poppies installation - called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red - from a line in the will of a Derbyshire serviceman who died in World War One.

The installation marked the centenary of the outbreak of the war. There were 888,246 ceramic poppies - one for each British and colonial fatality. All of the poppies were sold, raising millions of pounds for six charities.The installation was put together with theatre designer Tom Piper, who was also appointed MBE. Mr Cummins will be given his honorary degree in a ceremony at Derby University.

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