Artists Jame Wardley and Andy Moss joined with hundreds of volunteers to make 9,000 individual drawings in the sand. Called "The Fallen," the BBC reports that the haunting stenciled images of civilians, German forces and Allies are meant to memorialize all those who died on Arromanches beach on June 6, 1944 during the D-Day landings.
The artistic tribute was unveiled last weekend to mark International Peace Day. Here's a glimpse at some of the artists' stencils:
After hours of work, the 9,000 silhouettes were later washed away by the incoming tide:
See a sneak peek of the artists' work after the jump:
The BBC also has a stunning time-lapse video of the entire project here.