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9,000 Fallen Soldier Sand Drawings Commemorate Those Who Died On D-Day Beach

British artists Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley, representing the Sand In Your Eye sand and ice sculpture gallery, created an unforgettable and thought-provoking work, entitled The Fallen 9000, to commemorate International Peace Day (Sept. 21st).

Together with a group of volunteers, the artists covered the D-Day landing beach in Arromanche, France with the silhouettes of 9000 fallen soldiers. These were created by handing out stencils and then raking the stand to create dark imprints. The imagery is strong and clear – as Wardley said, “The idea is to create a visual representation of what is otherwise unimaginable—the thousands of human lives lost during the hours of the tide during the WWII Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. There will be no distinction between nationalities, they will be known only as The Fallen. It does not propose to be a celebration or condemnation, simply a statement of fact and tribute to life and its premature loss.“

The stenciled human losses existed only briefly before being washed away by the tide, but their message remains.

Source: Sand In Your Eye (via lustik)

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  • Wiebke Borgers

    What a beautiful and impressive way to deal with the subject!

  • Julia Dolch

    reminds me of Muse and the Absolution album cover.

  • Katherine Morrow

    Amazing and moving.

  • Alison Patton

    Love this work…

  • Jan Chmielewski

    Does every post have to contain a comment about GTA?

  • Kathie Hoblitzell

    lest we forget

  • Tracy Lian Miles

    This is amazing! I love it

  • Kel Africano

    Very cool , very sad

  • Lee Sauer

    Thank you

  • Lee Sauer

    Thank you

  • Nina Mastrangelo

    That is how it felt at Gallipoli-loss, premature loss.

  • Walter Iego

    What if we did the same to honor the victims of the Hiroshima? That would require a very big beach.

  • Elisabeth de Graaff

    Pracht idee en origineel, en pakkend…!

  • Juliet Mcmullan

    We Marvelled at this on the One Show amazing thought provoking and so very sad .