A reminder of the high cost of war.
Here now I bring something that for me is kinda sinister, but because of what it actually represents, I think it is worth it to bring it here. British artists Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley can make beautiful sand sculptures, this time however, they decided to do something simpler but more meaningful. To commemorate international peace day (September 21) they made 9,000 silhouettes with stencils in the beaches of Normandy representing all the people that died (counting civilians, Germans and allied forces) on the infamous D-day, June 6 1944.
D-Day is the day on which the allied forces initiated their attack on the Germans back in WWII. Because of an accurate strategic plan, the allies gained the advantage and the attack became a success, however the loss of human life was huge. The Germans were spread too thin and couldn’t muster the enough power to repel the invasion, and luckily for the allies, Hitler was in denial so didn’t use the reserved troops stationed near Normandy.
The artists gathered volunteers and managed to do it. Jamie Wardley expressed his thoughts “…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.”