The Fallen 9000 was a project organised by Andy Moss and Jamie Wardley, the project saw outlines of 9000 bodies draw in the sand to represent the lives lost during D-Day in the Second World War.
Each of these stencils represents a person that died in the D-Day landings, be them a civilian, a German soldier or a an ally soldier, each of the died before their time and had a family, loved ones and things they cared about.
This is a very poignant piece as the amount of space that each of these drawings take up really illustrates the point the artists were making well, as 9000 is just a number when we hear it however when we see all the bodies laid out like this we are able to see just how big a number really is.
The reason that I am looking at this proect is that I am looking at the idea of remembrance and looking at the marks we leave behind.
I also want to leave behind my own temporary marks within the environment and thought about using sand to do this as over time it would disintegrate and should cause too much harm to the surrounding area.
This project demonstrates the idea of remembrance pretty well and has a great deal of impact on the viewer.
NB – all photographs here have been taken from the project site:
I do not own any of the pictures on this post.
Until next time