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This Haunting Tribute To World War II’s Fallen Will Give You Goosebumps

Artists stencil 9,000 bodies onto Normandy beach to mark Peace Day.

1. Arromanches beach, Normandy was one of the D-Day landing sites on which thousands of soldiers lost their lives on June 6, 1944.

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2. On World Peace Day, artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss recruited a team of volunteers to create an installation on the beach, by way of tribute.

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3. As many as 500 people chipped in to draw 9000 silhouettes in the sand, each one representing a fallen soldier.

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4. Speaking of the project, Wardley said: “The Fallen is a sobering reminder of what happens when peace is not present.”

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5. “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 Second World War Normandy landings.”

Via JEAN YVES DESFOUX/Maxppp /Landov

6. Adding to the sense of poignancy, the shadows were washed away by the sea after about four hours.

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Sand In Your Eye / Jamie Wardley / Andy Moss / Via sandsculptureice.co.uk
Sand In Your Eye / Jamie Wardley / Andy Moss / Via sandsculptureice.co.uk

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Luke Lewis is the Executive Editor of BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
 
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