“The Fallen” project was created by two artists, Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley, to honor the 9,000 people who died on D-Day on June 6, 1944.
To honor those who died and to mark Peace Day on September 21, both artists – as well as hundreds of volunteers – visit the Normandy beaches with rakes and stencils to make a physical representation of the 9,000 people who died.
The original group of volunteers only amounted to roughly 50 or 60, but as word of the project spread, roughly 500 more came to the beaches at Arromanches to draw in and create stencil silhouettes in the sand of all 9,000 people who died. The project would have to be completed in four and a half hours before the tide came in and washed the drawings away.
“The Fallen is a sobering reminder of what happens when peace is not present. 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 6 June 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,” Wardley said, according to a press release.