Millions of people have flocked to the Tower of London to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking art installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.
The display, entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red will be dismantled from next Wednesday November 12, but if you can’t get to the capital to join the crowds, you can get a taste of the experience with our 360-degree photo.
We’ve used special cameras to offer a unique view of artist Paul Cummins’ installation – just use the buttons at the bottom of the image to look around the vista and zoom into the image.
Around 8,000 volunteers have worked together to gradually place the flowers – one representing each fallen soldier during the war – in the moat of the 950-year-old tower since August 5.
The final poppy will be put in place on Armistice Day on Tuesday, November 11, during the two-minute silence at 11am.
As well as drawing millions of visitors from across the world, the exhibit – set in an area the size of 16 football pitches - has been visited by members of the Royal Family including the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, as well as political leaders.
Prime Minister David Cameron said it was a “stunning display and extremely poignant” after visiting, while Ukip leader Nigel Farage wiped tears from his eyes and called it “awe-inspiring” during his visit.
But not everyone is a fan - the sea of poppies has also provoked controversy after Jonathan Jones, art critic for the Guardian newspaper branded it “fake, trite and inward-looking – a Ukip-style memorial” in his blog.
“It’s disturbing that, 100 years on, we can only mark this terrible war as a nationalistic tragedy … a deeply aestheticised, prettified and toothless war memorial,” he wrote.
Social media users hit back calling his article ‘ridiculous’, ‘disrespectful’ and ‘missing the point’.
Twitter user Alex Deane said Jones’s criticism marked “A new low”.
The Daily Mail defended the art installation, calling Jones a “sneering left-wing art critic”.
But Jones stuck by his original argument and said: "I strongly believe that an adequate work of art about the war has to show its horror, not sweep the grisly facts under a red carpet of artificial flowers.”
However, it’s clear the criticism hasn’t dampened enthusiasm from the public as despite it nearing the end of its run, the poppies were still proving popular over half-term.
The Historic Royal Palaces warned people to postpone their visit due to overcrowding and barriers have been installed to prevent people leaning over the Tower's low perimeter walls to see the poppies.
A team of volunteers is ready to remove the poppies from November 12. The ceramic blooms went on sale for £25 each in aid of six charities including the Royal British Legion, Combat Stress and Help for Heroes. With every poppy now sold it’s estimated that some £10 million will eventually be raised for these good causes.
The installation has proved so popular with the public that on Wednesday, London Mayor Boris Johnson called for the exhibit to be extended.
However a response from the Historic Royal Palaces said it was “unlikely” the attraction would be extended beyond its final date.