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Beyond the Deepening Shadow

Photo: Beyond the Deepening Shadow (All images Crown Copyright/Sgt Randall RLC)


A poignant new installation at the Tower of London has opened to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers fills the moat of the historic fortress with thousands of individual flames to hour the sacrifice of those who fell during the First World War. Each night, until the final display on Armistice Day 2018, a four-hour act of public remembrance will take place.

Drummer Steven Brown from F Company Scots Guards lights a torch at the start of the service.

Accompanied by a specially-commissioned sound installation – described as a sonic exploration of the shifting tide of political alliances, friendship, love and loss in war – begins at 5pm with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. The Yeoman Warders emerge from the Tower and light the ceremonial first flame, beginning the four-hour evolution of the display as selected volunteers light the rest of the installation.

By 9pm, a circle of light radiates from the castle, having gradually expanded to fill the moat, creating a powerful and lasting symbol of national commemoration

The moving display of public remembrance was commissioned and produced by Historic Royal Palaces, and involved designer Tom Piper, sound artist and composer Mira Calix, lighting designer Phil Supple and fire expert Mike Jones.

The display lights up the Tower of London’s moat and is free for the public to watch.

Beyond the Deepening Shadow can be watched each night from Tower Hill and the Tower concourse, with special ticketed access provided to the Moat itself, for members of the public to experience the intimate and sensory installation up-close.




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