People : Paul Cummins, Artist, Lost A Finger Creating Poppies ….


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Paul Cummins is an English artist who produces landscape installations using ceramic flowers. He conceived the monumental installation at the Tower of London — Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red — which commemorated British losses in the First World War with 888,246 ceramic poppies. He was himself wounded while creating this work, crushing his hand in an industrial roller, which ripped his middle finger out.

He started work as a maker of architectural models and then studied ceramics at the University of Derby’s College of Arts. Besides the Tower of London, his clients have included Blenheim Palace and the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

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