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Ted Harrison's artwork marks Remembrance Day at St Paul's Cathedral

  • Date: 13 October 2011
  • Area: National
poppies scattered on the floor of St Paul's Cathedral

Ted Harrison's work will commemorate children who have been involved in global conflicts. Credit: (St Paul's Cathedral)

St Paul's Cathedral is set to play host to a major visual arts installation next month to mark this year's Remembrance Day.

On 11 November, more than 5,000 poppies will be scattered beneath the historic London cathedral's dome.

An image of three child soldiers from the two world wars will be created from the falling poppies. This picture will be visible from the cathedral's Whispering Gallery.

Ted Harrison's installation, which will cover 30 feet, aims to symbolise the involvement of young people in global conflicts.

The artist said: 'The poppy is now a universal symbol of remembrance.

'At the time of year when we rightly recall British soldiers, sailors and airmen who have given their lives for their country, this work is a reminder of the many children who have also, throughout history, died as members of the armed forces.'

Antony Gormley, Mark Alexander and Martin Firrell are among the other artists who have recently contributed works as part of the ongoing St Paul's Cathedral Arts Project.