Every so often we get asked to frame something with a bit of history and in many cases there is an interesting family connection which has great personal value. In this case our customer had bought one of the ceramic poppies from the art installation at the Tower of London in memory of her great grandfather who was a stretcher bearer during WWI.
More than 5 million people were estimated to have visited Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red during the four months it appeared in the Tower’s moat. It was a brilliantly simple idea. To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war there would be 888,246 ceramic poppies gradually planted until 11th November. Each represented one British or colonial life lost. By the end there would be a sea of red. Then they would disappear.
The poppy was framed in a shadow box frame built up from scratch using sympathetic red ‘Komodo’ frame material and black suede effect mountboard. The framed poppy was glazed using water white ‘clear’ glass which has anti-reflective properties and appears almost invisible.