Reclaiming Pure Potential & Confronting The Thief

In my previous article, Castles in the Sky, I shared an experience from early childhood that significantly shaped both my view and relationship with the world at all stages of my life to date. If you noticed, I didn't label this as "bad" or "negative". Clearly there have been negative effects yet at the same time, so many good things and incredible experiences have also occurred as a result my full life experiences- including the mental health challenges.Each of us is the sum ...

Some Tips on Photographing Flowers

Now that summer is here, there are many beautiful flowers in full bloom just waiting for you to take their portrait! With the popularity and ease of today’s digital cameras, it is no surprise that many gardeners have taken an avid interest in photography. Photographing flowers and plants is also a great way for beginners to learn about photography. Flowers and plants are interesting subjects; they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours that is sure to create ...

Top 10 Things You Don’t Want On Valentine’s Day

“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”  Author Unknown Happy Valentine’s Day 2014 – Dead Flowers are a no no Dead Flowers A Card With That Hoochie’s Name On It A Gift Addressed To Someone Else Cheap Chocolates In a Godiva Box A Souffle Or Anything That Doesn’t Rise Hot Lingerie that Doesn’t Fit Ella Fitzgerald – My Funny Valentine (High Quality – Remastered) Happy ...

Starting Over: Trust…

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Imagine: Ten Years from Now…

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Asking All the Wrong Questions – Ally Spotts

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Wedded BlissTors – Part 5: Vacation Blues – Funny Movie Short

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November 11, 2012, 9:39 am

5000 Poppies to Commemorate Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day, a memorial holiday for Commonwealth nations, such as Canada, Australia, and the UK  to honour the lives lost during battle. Many citizens show their support for the soldiers by wearing a single red poppy.

But artist Ted Harrison chose to do more than just wear a red poppy. In November 2011, he created an art installation using 5000 red poppies at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. From the ground level, it doesn’t appear much more than some poppies scattered on the floor. Up above, the poppies form an image of three child soldiers.

5000 poppies art installation for Remembrance Day by Ted Harrison

image via inspirefusion.com

5000-poppies remembrance day installation by ted harrison

image via OddityCentral.com

Ted intentionally created the 30 foot installation to highlight the the involvement of innocent children in wars. Although it is consider illegal, according to the UN, it is estimated that 300 000 children under the age of 18 worldwide have been forced to take up arms and become soldiers. And many of them have been either killed, wounded or traumatized for life.

The red poppy has become a popular symbol for Remembrance Day ever since John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields was published. It is a fitting symbol as many poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields. The red colour is also quite fitting, symbolizing all the blood that was bled in the wars.

Lest we forget.

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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