movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Thu Sep 11 2014, 10:39pm | 8 comments
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A couple of last looks at the sea of ceramic poppies at the WWI memorial installation “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” by artist Paul Cummins at the Tower of London, from my shift helping to “plant” them.
That low angle with the stems and ground visible is much more interesting than the long shots of red haze that I’ve seen elsewhere.
So gorgeous! I love both of them, but that second one, like RogerBW said, is terrific in its composition. I also love the juxtaposition of the Norman wall to the left and the ultra-modern Shard in the center. And you’ve got red (poppies), white (clouds), and blue (sky) all in order!!
I thought so too. You just can’t get so close to them casually. Though I think they still need volunteers for planting…
The Shard is the 21st-century tower of London.
does that mean they keep arms and armory and have torture chambers and prison cells in there?
That sounds like something the Shard’s PR department would say.
After all, a lot of educated people outside England have heard of the Tower of London but not every such person has heard of the Shard. Plus the Tower of London has not one but two movies named after it. :-)
Then again, landmarks that have been around for a few centuries tend to have a definite advantage in the fame department over buildings that are less than a decade old.
I bet they do.
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