9K Silhouettes of Bodies Stenciled on D-Day Beach

Commemoration in France marks Peace Day

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 24, 2013 4:51 PM CDT

(Newser) – Two British artists found a striking way to mark International Peace Day over the weekend on a French beach that was used in the D-Day invasion of 1944. With the help of volunteers, they stenciled the bodies of 9,000 fallen soldiers and civilians onto the sand of the Normandy beach in Arromanches, reports the BBC, which provides a time-lapse video of the project. (The Daily Mail has a collection of still images.) "All around us there are relics of the Second World War, but the one thing that is missing are the people that actually died," says one of the artists, Jamie Wardley. As planned, all the silhouettes were later washed away in the tide.

A screen shot of one of the beach silhouettes. (This one was done prior to the event as a demonstration.)
A screen shot of one of the beach silhouettes. (This one was done prior to the event as a demonstration.)   (YouTube)
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