A Memorial to Peace
On a wander through Munich, with no particular destination in mind except perhaps a cup of coffee somewhere, we stumbled upon this art installation on Königsplatz, a sea of red poppies. Poppies are known worldwide - but especially in the English-speaking countries - as a symbol of the countless and unnamed war victims of the two world wars. As a pioneer plant, the poppy often settled very fast on the fresh burial mounds.
November 11, the day of the Armistice Treaty of Compiègne, marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. For this occasion, the Munich action artist Walter Kuhn has transformed the Königsplatz into a sea of several thousand large red poppies made of artificial silk, thus commemorating the millions of soldiers and civilian victims of all wars.