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

(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.

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Who_Cares
Sep 25, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
Great way to remember those who died.
carson
Sep 24, 2013 7:02 PM CDT
quite a fitting display of remembrance...like the vietnam memorial...but washed away with the tide before our eyes instead of beyond them...may they rest in peace...they sure didnt die in it
BrushMan
Sep 24, 2013 5:08 PM CDT
Man makes fodder for canon from his own kind. What a deeply flawed species!