Filmmaker Danny Boyle holds a photograph of Private Walter Bleakley (Picture: PA).
News

Danny Boyle To Mark WWI Armistice With Sand Art

Faces of the millions of people killed or effected by WWI will be etched on to beaches on Armistice Day in a "thank you" designed by...

Filmmaker Danny Boyle holds a photograph of Private Walter Bleakley (Picture: PA).

Filmmaker Danny Boyle holds a photograph of Private Walter Bleakley (Picture: PA).

Faces of the millions of people killed or effected by WWI will be etched on to beaches on Armistice Day in a "thank you" designed by filmmaker Danny Boyle. 

The Slumdog Millionaire director is asking people to gather on beaches across the UK on 11 November to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.

The event, Pages Of The Sea, will take place at a number of beaches at low-tide, as Mr Boyle called on the public to join in by "creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict".

Private Walter Bleakley, who was from the same street where Mr Boyle went to school (Picture: PA).
Private Walter Bleakley, who was from the same street where Mr Boyle went to school (Picture: PA).

Mr Boyle said the event was initially designed as a "line in the sand, the final goodbye", as "the nation moves on".

However, whilst doing research he changed his mind, saying "I think we should go on commemorating it," adding:

"When you make that personal connection... it feels timeless.

"I felt that connection to them and it felt it would be wrong to forget them."

Many were killed at sea in WWI and Mr Boyle said beaches the ideal place to hold the event as they are "unruling, democratic places" where "nobody rules other than the tide".

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited to write a new poem, which will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on the beaches.

The public can also explore an online gallery of portraits of some of the men and women who served in WWI and select someone to say a personal goodbye to either via social media or on the beaches.

Pages Of The Sea is part of the 14-18 NOW, the UK's official five-year programme of arts commissions marking the First World War centenary.

Mr Boyle said the event will be a "tremulous thank you for all the people who sacrificed so much".