Continually innovating and coming up with new ideas yet to be thought of allows us the potential to make and create our extraordinary pieces of art. Pushing the boundaries and advancing what we have done before, not only keeps the Sand In Your Eye team on its toes, but also makes the headlines.
The fallen 9000 is Sand In Your Eye's most cherished project. Designed by Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss for International Peace Day on the 21 st September, 2013, the idea was to make a visual representation of the unimaginable consequence of what happens in the absence of peace.
With over 500 international volunteers, we drew 9000 stencilled bodies in the sand, representing the lost lives of the combatants and civilians who fell during the D-Day landings, only to be washed away by the tide.
Images of the Fallen 9000 have reached across the globe, featuring on the BBC, CNN, TIME Magazine, newspaper, radio and television. The project was a resounding success and one that Sand In Your Eye are proud to have created.
In 2018 we were asked to help plan, produce, design and train volunteers for Danny Boyle and 14-18 NOW project Pages of the Sea. It was a national project set over 30 locations on one day. To be part of such an event of national scale and importance was a colossal and sobering undertaking. We designed the faces, trained the teams and produced the logistics and materials for 30 locations! Our team then drew a 60m portrait of Wilfred Owen in Folkstone and watched with thousands of people as the tide washed it away on the 11thhour of the 11thday. The project was to mark the 100th year anniversary of Armistice Day. You can read more about the project and our involvement on our blog
The journey has begun with the Forest Eye in Dalby Forest, it will be the largest living forest feature in England measuring 300 metres across. Our aim is to build a 2000 metre forest in the face of a child. For more information and if you would like to get involved read our blog post.
In 2020 we produced a project called 6000 Children where we painted 6000 life size figures of playing children that when viewed from the sky formed child’s face. Unveiled ahead of World Children’s Day (20 November), the image, which covers 11,000 square metres and was 110m long symbolises UNICEF’s warning that globally, due to the pandemic, an additional 6,000 child deaths* could occur every day as a result of weak health systems and disruptions to routine services like vaccines. We made it on a hillside in our home town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
We are human is an ongoing series of works that illustrate humanity. We all have differences culturally, economically, geographically, physically and politically. This can sometimes cloud our minds as to how we see certain situations and the world. We believe sometimes it's important to remember we are all human and situations be them historic or current should also be viewed on a humanitarian level. Some works we have produced in the past focus on this such as The Fallen 9000. Here are some others too. Look out for new pieces in the future too.
In 2015 we created 7 ice sculptures and placed them in iconic locations around England. The subject of a child and the delicate material that is ice was to highlight the vulnerability of homeless people that is not often appreciated. According to homeless link 72% are challenged by mental health issues and 50% have long term physical health issues. Many charities regard the people they are helping as vulnerable adults that need support and compassion as well as a home many of their difficulties are a result of childhood traumas, failed relationships and institutionalisation that arise way before being homeless.
For International Women's Day 2020 we created a 60 metre portrait of Greta Thunberg on a local school field. The children decided who to paint as part of the project. Land Art is something of which we are currently pushing the boundaries, with more innovative projects coming soon.
We create a pumpkin festival every year in our hometown of Hebden Bridge. The festival includes a pumpkin trail around the town with carved pumpkin scenes, a live carve of a giant pumpkin and workshops. Alongside this there are community pumpkin displays, live music, entertainment and competitions. The event has grown year on year and is a unique Halloween event for the UK. Find Out more
In 2010 we began to develop sand animation with 'An Idea Is Like A Seed', then in 2011 Sand In Your Eye collaborated with Aardman, the makers of Wallace and Gromit. Together we made the world's largest stop motion animation film, GULP. Since then we have developed techniques that allow us to draw faster, more dynamic images, and we are now eager to showcase them to the world!
Working in conjunction with RSPB Langford Lowfields and a Lafarge Tarmac quarry, Sand In Your Eye engineered an artificial habitat suitable for Sand Martins and Kingfishers. A resounding success, after 3 years it has had almost 200 nests per season and even survived complete immersion. In 2021 we upped the scale and created a 400 tonne sand bank with Surrey Wildlife Trust and Sebleco.
Land Rover asked us to lead an operation to draw a Defender in the sand of Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey, where it was first conceived by Maurice Wilks 68 years ago. The sheer scale of the endeavor was awesome. A kilometre wide by 500 metres high, using six different models of Land Rover to create it. The piece was created over a few hours between the tides that day.
Here are a couple of films of some of our innovative projects. For more click here.
Forest of Humanity
Englands Largest living forest feature
International Women's Day
We created a portrait of Greta Thumberg on a field in Hebden Bridge to celebrate International Women's Day
Hebden Bridge Pumpkin Festival
In 2021 our pumpkin festival highlighted climate change and what can be done to slow it.
We painted 6000 life size figures of playing children that when viewed from the sky formed child’s face.
The World's largest stop motion animation
Land Rover - A line in the sand
Land Rover asked us to draw a Defender in the sand of Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey, where it was first conceived by Maurice Wilks 68 years ago.
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