The Somerset Poppies builds on previous WW1 commemoration arts projects I have run at Coxley School as well as the Tower of London Poppies project in 2014.

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The Somerset Shrouds, 1st July 2016

The children at Coxley School were closely involved in the Shrouds of the Somme project, after replicating Rob Heard’s work. The artist himself came to visit our school and show his appreciation of what the children had created. Rob Heard generously lends his support to this project.

301 shrouded figures were created by the children, which represented each soldier from Somerset or who served in a Somerset regiment, who died on the first day of The Battle of the Somme. The display, at Coxley Memorial Hall, began at 7.30 am, to coincide with the beginning of Rob Heard’s installation in Exeter and exactly 100 years since the start of the battle.

A selection of our shrouded figures, as well as some photos of the display, can be seen on display at Wells Museum, where the ‘mock-up’ of The Somerset Poppies is also displayed.

Tower of London Poppies, July – November 2014

The Tower of London Poppies project marked 100 years since the first day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.

The huge art installation was called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” and encircled the iconic Tower of London, creating an impressive visual spectacle.

Each poppy was intended to represent one serviceman killed in the war. The enormity of the project mirrored the huge numbers of soldiers lost in the conflict and inspired an atmosphere of contemplation.

It received worldwide attention and was visited by over 1.5 million people.