Artists Pay Beach Art tribute to WWII Fallen in Normandy

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The Fallen, created by Sand In Your Eye, was setup recently on Arromanches Beach, Normandy, France. The idea was to create a “visual representation of loss on an unimaginable scale.” Photo source: Jaime Wardley/Sand in Your Eye

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Hundreds of volunteers have helped to create 9,000 sand drawings on a beach in France to remember those who lost their lives during the D-Day landings.

The art installation called The Fallen, created by Sand in Your Eye, was setup recently on Arromanches Beach, Normandy, France, to depict the bodies of the 9,000 soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the Allied assault on Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944.

The idea was to use the beach itself as the canvas and to create silhouettes in the sand representing the estimated 9,000 Allied and German soldiers, paratroopers, and civilians who lost their lives there on June 6, 1944.

Wardley, artistic director of Sand in Your Eye, said the idea behind The Fallen was to create a “visual representation of loss on an unimaginable scale…”

WATCH: A time lapse from Finn Varney shows how the artwork was produced: BBC Video

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“Artists Pay tribute to WWII fallen in Normandy.” See Pictures, CBS News

Artists’ sand silhouettes depict war dead from Normandy invasion, PRI News

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