A beautiful installation has been unveiled at the Tower of London.
Marking 100 years since the end of World War 1, the moat of the historic castle has been filled with flickering torches, in a moving piece called ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow.’ [Header photo: @michyquiche]
It’s been created by Tom Piper – who also collaborated on the poppy project – and artist Mira Calix. Flames will burn for eight nights, leading up to Remembrance Day on November 11th.
The visual spectacle is accompanied by a sound installation, based around a choral composition, ‘exploring unity and division, love and loss in war.’
The torches are first lit at 5pm each evening, beginning with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. Emerging from the fortress, the Yeoman Warders – themselves all distinguished former servicemen and women – will ceremonially light the first flame.
A team of volunteers 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 torches are extinguished each evening at 9pm.
The final night will be on Remembrance Sunday, November 11. It’s free to visit and admire from the moat’s edge – tickets to walk among the torches sadly sold out long ago. For more information, see the Historic Royal Palaces website.