In the early days, there was a just narrow border of ceramic poppies surrounding one the Tower of London, only two or three deep in places. In three months, this meadowful smattering of red became a carpet, with the capital, the rest of the country and beyond watching as Blood Swept Land And Seas Of Red took shape.
In the last fortnight, the sheer numbers of people flocking to see the installation has been as remarkable as Paul Cummins's artwork itself. We take a look at the transition of the art, from bud to full flourish.
With thanks to the following photographers for use of their photos via the Londonist Flickr pool: cdb41, Inga Rasmussen, Laura McGregor, Martyn III, mcmillant75, psyxjaw, Rob Bousfield, Roy Tuangco, Seal Clubber, SNeequaye, Umbreen Hafeez of Real London Photos and also Jody VandenBurg.