UKIP's Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle has praised 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' , the installation by artist Paul Cummins of thousands of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London to commemorate the dead of World War One, and has suggested he be considered for the Turner Prize.
Each poppy in the installation represents a life lost. Eevntually there will be over 880,000, covering the entire moat.
'It is a truly remarkable work. I went to see it this week, and it's easy to see why it is drawing such crowds. It has an immediate epic effect in fitting with the enormity of the subject, but then this gives way to a feeling of quiet reflection the more one looks at it.
'The various events up and down the country this week, big and small, local and national, have been moving, dignified and have struck just the right note. Paul Cummins's monumental work - which will not actually be complete until November - could well have the most lasting impact on those who see it.
'Creative excellence has further illuminated a profound event in our history, and the meaning it continues to have. Paul Cummins should rightly be considered for the Turner Prize, an award which has in recent years slipped further into self-indulgence and irrevelance. 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' is the very opposite of these.'