It has been 100 years since World War I came to an end – and the Tower of London is putting on an “epic” art display to commemorate the anniversary.
Every night during the coming week, the historic site is igniting 10,000 torches around the tower’s moat to celebrate the armistice that brought the war to an end in 1918.
The installation, which is called Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers, will be running until Armistice Day on November 11th.
According to the Historic Royal Palaces website, the installation begins at 5PM with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. Emerging from the fortress, the Warders – themselves all distinguished former servicemen and women – will ceremonially light the first flame. In a moving ritual, a select team of volunteers will then proceed to light the rest of the installation, gradually creating a circle of light, radiating from the Tower as a powerful symbol of remembrance. The display will conclude at 9pm every evening.
The display is reminiscent to how the Tower commemorated the start of WWI four years ago by planting poppies across the grounds.
“Beyond the Deepening Shadow is a fitting way to draw our centenary commemorations of the First World War to a close: transforming the moat into a circle of flames around the Tower, a powerful symbol of light in darkness,” says John Barnes, Chief Executive of the Historic Royal Palaces.
“It will be a beautiful spectacle and we hope that, as in 2014, the public will come to the Tower to find a shared space for reflection on the sacrifices of the fallen.”
(WATCH the inspiring footage below) – Photo by Historic Royal Palaces
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