September 21st was Peace Day, a day to remind us that freedom costs dearly and maybe to also make us take a moment to look backwards as we run headlong towards whatever futures we feel like at any particular moment… A gift (or maybe a curse?) enabled by those who lost their lives so we can play at ours?
An installation, called “The Fallen 9000”, was organized by British artists Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss of Sandinyoureye to commemorate the civilians, Germans and allied troops who died during the D-Day landings of WW2 on June 6, 1944. More than 500 volunteers used stencils to draw 9,000 figures on a beach in Arromanches, France, bringing home the scale of loss. The installation was swept away a few hours later by the tide.