When Jeremy and I were at Te Papa (museum in Wellington) the other week, we walked by the Gallipoli exhibition, but the queue was so long that it would have taken at least an hour to get in, and once you got in I’m sure it would be packed, so it wouldn’t have been a very nice experience. So we decided to skip it, also because Jeremy had already seen it.
Not too many days after I got an email from Sarah at work, asking if our team would be interested in a ‘before opening hours’ viewing of the exhibition, and we all were. So yesterday morning we got the opportunity to walk around in there without too many others around. It was really cool to be able to take your time and really read the stories of the soldiers that fought in the war.
Weta workshop worked with Te Papa on putting it all together, and apparently it took around 12 months. That doesn’t surprise me considering the detail of these soldiers. They almost look real! If it hadn’t been for the fact that they were three times the size of a real human, I could have been fooled. They even had facial hair and hair on their arms! Creepy, but amazing.
I think it’s super cool that they’ve been able to tell the stories of so many of the soldiers that took part in the war. Although many of them fell in battle, there were also stories about those who survived.
One soldier got injured so badly he had to amputate his right arm. He was a painter, so when he realised he would no longer be able to use his right arm, he started painting with his left hand instead, and the paintings looked just as good. Impressive!
It took my quite a while to walk through the exhibition, but that’s a good indication of how interesting it was. I wanted to read as many of the stories as possible, but at the same time I knew I had to get back to work, so I skipped some of the sections. I managed to take quite a few good photos. Unfortunately it was a bit dark in there, so my iPhone camera could only do so much, haha.
If you’re in the Wellington area, I definitely recommend checking the exhibition out. Even if you don’t know much about the war (like me), it’s super captivating and thought-provoking.