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St Andrews beach to feature Danny Boyle Armistice Day portrait

One of the artworks by Danny Boyle will take shape at West Sands, St Andrews.
One of the artworks by Danny Boyle will take shape at West Sands, St Andrews.

West Sands in St Andrews will be one of five Scottish beaches to feature in a poignant Armistice Day memorial by Danny Boyle.

A portrait will be drawn in the sand depicting a casualty of the First World War, to be washed away as the tide rolls in.

The public will be invited to gather on the beach on Sunday November 11 for film director Boyle’s Pages of the Sea tribute, part of the 14-18 NOW arts project to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.

Danny Boyle announces his plans for the commission.

To remember the millions of men and women whose lives were lost or changed during the war, people will also be invited to add to the creations by sand artists Sand In Your Eye by drawing silhouettes in the sand.

Boyle, whose films include Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, said: “Beaches are truly public spaces, where nobody rules other than the tide.

“They seem the perfect place to gather and say a final goodbye and thank you to those whose lives were taken or forever changed by the First World War.


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“I’m inviting people to watch as the faces of the fallen are etched in the sand, and for communities to come together to remember the sacrifices that were made.”

The events, which will hear a poem specially written by Carol Ann Duffy, will also involve the National Theatre of Scotland.

Artistic director and chief executive Jackie Wylie said: “Pages of the Sea will create an artistic tribute, both personal and communal, through art, words, pictures and stories, acknowledging all those who left our shores during the First World War.

“As a theatre without walls, the National Theatre of Scotland welcomes this poignant opportunity to help bring communities together in this fitting act of remembrance.”

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