Remembered, the UK charity that grew out of the original There But Not There installation, wanted to commemorate the extraordinary sacrifice of D-Day 75 years on. The charity turned to Martin to create an appropriate, thought provoking and newsworthy installation that was a fitting memorial for those who had shown such outstanding courage.
The shocking and, in 1944, untold story of the 749 US servicemen who died in a D-Day rehearsal at Slapton Sands, Devon provided the catalyst for an installation of 749 pairs of “boot-prints” laid by hand on the beach. As they learnt of the work and its meaning people from the local community spontaneously came to the beach to pay their respects and to lay some of the boot-prints themselves.
Slapton Sands. 749 remembered.
The work created a significant number of media articles including UK daily newspapers such as The Daily Mail and The Daily Express. Most significantly though Remembered achieved its aims because “the installation created a unique opportunity for the local community to be active in their commemoration of the lives that were lost as well as driving national and international awareness of a previously unknown part of the D-Day story of incredible bravery and sacrifice”.