The Day of the Fallen test

In Sand Drawings, The Fallen by Jamie6 Comments

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On the 14th January a small team from Sandinyoureye ventured to Filey on a gloriously cold crisp winters day to make a test sand drawing for our summer Fallen project which has an open invitation.  Please watch this short film by Finn Varney:

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 the 6th June 1944.  It does not propose to be a celebration or condemnation, simply a statement of fact and tribute to life and its premature loss.

7,500 silhouettes of German Forces, Civilians and Allies will be drawn on the beach at the rate in which they died, only to be erased totally by the incoming tide as their own lives were.  There will be no distinction between nationalities, they will be known only as The Fallen.

Profoundly, the rate at which we will be drawing will also be equal to the loss of life per hour throughout the entire duration of the war.

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If you wish to join in this project on the 6th June in northern France then please let us know.  Everything will be self-funded although we may share costs of travel.  Together we will make something that will be very special. Please contact We will need approximately 150 people, this may individuals, a group or a school.


  1. Magnifique initiative, pour que tous ceux que la mer, et la guerre, ont emportés ne soient pas oubliés…
    Beau devoir de mémoire…
    Félicitations !

    1. Author

      Salut Marie

      Merci beaucoup! Si vous et quelqu’un d’autre aimerait se joindre à la journée, puis s’il vous plaît ne vous en contact.


      1. HI Jamie! Thank you very much for your mails, this is extremely fun and inspiring! Hope to see you soon somewhere on a festival!

        Arianne van Rosmalen

  2. Dear Jamie,

    I would like to invite you have a collaboration.

    I am doing a project related to rock, sand for a fashion collection

    At past 6 years, worked as a fashion designer in Hong Kong. Now I am
    studying my master in fashion in London college of fashion which
    under University of the arts London.

    My collection aims to arise people awareness of how much nature
    resources the nature gives us and remind people to treasure our earth.

    Do you in London at this moment? My project hope to finish before 3 March 2012.

    I am looking forward to your kindly reply.

    Thank you very much!

    Best Regards,

  3. Found this in February, 2019. Beyond touching or heart wrenching. Art at its best… to be still and remember.

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